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Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009

Boris and Doris On the Town

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Power of the Purse: Wine, Women and Purses were in abundance at the Gilda’s Club fund-raiser at Devon Seafood Grill. Guests came to support the club’s mission of providing emotional and social support to individuals and their families who are living with cancer.

Greeting arrivals were honorary chair Molly Fay from “The Morning Blend,” board President Ann Homstad from Johnson Bank, and Trish Haudricourt, Gilda’s Club executive director. From the Junior League, instrumental in bringing Gilda’s Club to Milwaukee, were President Merilou Gonzales and Stacey Hoffenberg, who was on the evening’s committee headed by Jaynie Weller Rench. Helping her were Lisa Elias, joined by her sister, jewelry designer Susan Molinaro, mother-in-law Jennie Elias and writer Ruth Fromstein, plus Erin Ulicki and Gretchen Lins.

More than 200 women poured into Devon, including Johnson Bank’s Roberta Cummings and Candace Schwam, as well as art dealer Katie Gingrass and her daughter Sarah, following in her mom’s footsteps by recently opening Gingrass Corporate Art in Brookfield, and Julie Karp from ShoreTrips. The event generated $15,000, with the sale of more than 50 purses donated by local stores and individuals, including Clai Green from Luci Boutique and Kotti Anderson of Luscious/Fred.

The raffle prizes included a spa package from Kris McAdams, the owner of Bayside’s Bean Salon, who brought her entire staff. Gilda’s Club board members circulating included Lecia Johnson, Carolyn (Sam) Macklem, Kristin Severson and Kim Schaffer. Among others there whose lives have been touched by cancer were Suzanne Bainbridge, Pam Lueken, Jennifer Reckmeyer, Deb Madigan, Kathleen Thiemann and Kate Miller, who organizes the club’s cooking classes. Three guys braved the assemblage: Tom Haudricourt, Loring Talsky and Barry Karp.

LIFE and Lore: Noted LIFE magazine photographer John Dominis made the rounds of Milwaukee with longtime LIFE reporter Anne Hollister. Dominis was escorted by Bill Appleby of the VP Gallery of Fine Photography, where many of his other works were displayed.

A reception for Dominis at Gass Weber Mullins LLC on Water Street doubled as the first social gathering of the just-formed Third Ward Bar Association. More than three dozen neighborhood attorneys turned out for the meet ’n’ greet, hosted by attorney Ralph Weber, whose daughter Grace is a semi-finalist in Oprah’s Karaoke Challenge. Also from the firm were barristers Tom Mullins, Christopher Dombrowicki, John Franke and Beth Hanon.Attorney Tim Bascom, a Third Ward wannabe, drove in from the West Side for the party.

Other guests admiring Dominis’ showcased pieces were Dr. Thom Feroah of the VP Group and Center for International Health, well-kilted in his Campbell tartan; Theri DeJoode of Groom for Men; photography enthusiast Dave Shapson and Rose Lido. Eileen Gorman purchased Dominis’ book for pal Andi Loppnow, a wedding and corporate photographer.

Among the numerous photographers on hand were Robb Quinn and his wife, Wendy; Doug Krimmer and his missus, Mary, maven of Soups On!; Kalmbach’s Bill Zuback; Mark Heffron and his wife, Jayne Holland, principal of the Cumberland School. 

Shooting the evening from higher angles was 6’9” Drew Van Wyk. Talking shop with Dominis was ex-Journal Company photo guru John Ahlhauser, there with son-in-law Joe Meloy, an MSOE counselor and golf coach. The latter is soon retiring as chair of the Ulster Project with his wife, Katie. They'll be replaced by Phil and Anne Callen.

Abstract Art: The Cedarburg Cultural Center, gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary, had a lively opening reception showing the abstract work of artists Sally Duback and Michael Casey and children’s author Barbara Joosse. Joosse, whose newest book is Roawr!, recreated her workspace to showcase her writing process. The room overflowed with an array of stellar artists, including Joosse’s husband, sculptor Chuck Whitehouse, just back from an installation in Little Rock, Ark.; illustrator Renee Graef, sporting a stylish hat; Sandy Pape, Kappy Schwab, Allen Caucutt, Penelope Rostad and metalsmith Michael Santini. Stopping by was journalist Paul Hayes, a fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.

The Center’s executive director, Matthew Brockmeier, and his wife, Loretta, made sure the exhibit ran smoothly. Meanwhile, board President Barbara Hunt had to run off to receive a few stitches after cutting her finger while preparing for the show. Holding down the fort were her husband, Cecil, plus board members John Katzka and Jim Myers. Shorewest Realtor Carol Wingertzahn and her twin sister, Mary Jane Mungan, also enjoyed the show.

Drop-Ins: B&D stopped by the Milwaukee Public Market’s St. Paul Fish Co. where Doris (a confirmed Mainiac) indulged in a perfectly authentic Maine lobster roll. On duty were co-owner Beth Collins and chef Jeromy Kramer, talking fish, wine and their upcoming Oysterfest at the Public Market. B&D also indulged at Marc and Marta Bianchini’s latest offering, COA in the Bayshore Town Center, for a late-night medley of deliciously creative tacos.

If you have any tips for Boris and Doris, contact them at borisanddorisott@aol.com. Their next column will appear in the Nov. 19 issue of the Shepherd.