Boris and Doris On the Town
VFP chapter president
and Army vet Paul Moriarty, who
served during the conflict in Bosnia,
hosted along with event chair Al Marino
and his wife, Marti. Mark Foreman, Willie Williams, Patty and
Bill Voeltner and attorney Jeralyn
Wendelberger were among the dozens of attendees.
Park Party: Nearly 1,400 Planned Parenthood of
Wisconsin employees and friends descended upon Washington Park
for the first of numerous events celebrating the organization’s 75th anniversary
this year. Entertainment included a band-shell performance by Chester French,
whose lead vocalist is Milwaukee
native D.A. Wallach. The group
featured its hit, “She Loves Everybody,” an ode to safe sex.
Wallach’s mom and best
fan Rochelle Lamm cheered him on,
along with pals Barbara Edwards and
Margery Sinclair, the latter being the etiquette expert and author of A Year of Good Manners.
The Jazzy Jewels, seven
young-at-heart lovelies such as Vi
Hawkins and Vivian Williams, whose ages ranged from 60 to 80, performed
foxy dance routines. There was also a staff “flair” contest, with employees’
creative juices creating outlandish costumes. Amy Doczy, as the “Contraceptive Fairy,” edged out Susan Odegaard dressed in a Bjork-like
Among the Planned
Parenthood team was President Teri Huyck;
Chris Williams, business initiatives
VP; development and communications VP Linda
Neff; Amanda Harrington from
PP’s media relations; Laura Emir, a
major gifts officer, there with husband Mustafa;
plus recently retired Patty Blommer
and her husband, Tim Wallis. Many
staff sported T-shirts designed by board member Bela Roongta Eitel.
Circulating were Milwaukee first lady Kris Barrett, the always-dapper
Milwaukee Public Health Commissioner Bevan
Baker, state Rep. Leon Young,
hard-working Feingold folks David
Crowley and Ann Taylor, DJ Willie
Shakes, a community organizer extraordinaire, plus Juli Kaufmann and her son Frederick.
Town Pride: The 10th “Made in Milwaukee” bash, a hip, multifaceted, daylong
event held at Cathedral Square,
lucked out with decent weather and a great turnout. Vendors and artists showed
and sold artwork, jewelry, designer clothing and other eclectic offerings.
Sales were brisk, according to Fred
Gillich, designer of the fab “Milrockee” T-shirt, and Fair Trade for All
owners Allen Christian and Gail
Bennett-Christian, who were helped in their booth by their 10-year-old son Jacob.
Vanessa Andrew, from Madam Chino's Look Nook in the Fortress Building, was helped by Rachel Muza. Pal Marcus Doucette hung around, enjoying time off from his 88Nine
duties. Other artists included Judy
Tolley with her attractive collage art and James (Jimbot) Demski, whose work is also shown at Hot Pop Gallery.
Lauren Peterson, the operations
manager of Sweet Water Organics, kept busy selling produce and explaining the
company’s urban food mission.
orchestrated fashion show featured more than 60 models on the runway. Aaron (MC Oneself) Smith did yeoman’s
duty as the day’s emcee by keeping the show moving and introducing such groups
as the Rusty Ps and the red-hot Kings Go Forth. Madison Medical sponsored the
park’s bustling beer and wine stalls, which were manned by staff, including PA Mary (Mimi) Hayes, there with her
husband, Tom, along with Dr. Christopher Drayna, Executive
Director Kevin Behl and more than 40
Food vendors were also
kept hopping, including the gang at the Nessun Dorma booth, where the O’Toole
clan stocked up: parents Pat and Kevin;
their daughter Kelly, her husband, Dave Zierden, with kids Cardine and Brendan; and their son Ryan and Jamie O’Toole. Their friends Pat and Peggy Farrell and their son Jack also joined them. Richard Thieme, author of Mind Games and a frequent Defcon
speaker, and his wife, Shirley,
checked out the crepe-maker’s technique.
Filmmaker Brooke Maroldi, with her hair
temporarily dyed purple, has taken up acting and improv after she and husband Greg Ryan took an acting class. Ryan
has also become a licensed wedding officiator and will execute the upcoming
nuptials of ArtSource’s Maggie Smith
and fiancé Scott Solda, of On the
Level art installation.
Enjoying the evening
were Monica McElroy, celebrating 18
years of her Milwaukee Pulse, a media distribution company, and her
videographer husband, Kurt Denissen;
Ginger and Dave Klug, whose postal
service route is in the area; and notable blues harpist Jim Liban.
“Made in Milwaukee” founder Chuck Watson, assisted by Peter Adams from the East Town
Association, must have been pleased.
If you have any tips for Boris and Doris, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their next column will appear in the Sept. 23 issue of the Shepherd.