Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, December 02, 2012 12:00 am
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The Ocean City Board of Realtors hosted their annual fall fundraiser, a night of hot table game action at Casino Night at the Greate Bay Country Club.
Josie Henry, Kevin Redmond, Vicki Heebner and Dana Kelly greeted guests when they arrived. Josie works at Ocean City Home Bank while Kevin is a prominent realtor and Vicki and Dana work at the Ocean City Board of Realtors. Maria Marinelli, president of the Board of Realtors, said she’s going to need a vacation after all the stress caused by Sandy. As I reached the top of the stairs, I found the main dining room had been turned into a casino with roulette wheels and dealers running the table games while young ladies selling Chinese auction raffle tickets circulated around the room.
I caught up with Melva and Ted Vaughn, Joel Mott, Rosemary and Gary Wallace and Pam and George Rumer in the lounge. I’ve been seeing a lot of Ted since he relocated his Barra-Vaughn Insurance business to Centre Court while their office at Second and West is renovated after Sandy. Joel returned from Florida to attend to business in Ocean City and found his living quarters on the third floor of the Bourse building high and dry. Rosemary recalled working for Joel for 17 years when he introduced me to Beverly Warner who purchased Joel’s Ocean Abstract Agency in August. Beverly said she has the only title company in Ocean City on the second floor and didn’t have any flood damage.
Shawna Mulford and Michelle Einhorn were ready to party when they arrived in short black cocktail dresses. Michelle is a stay-at-home mom while Shawna, mother of 4-year-old twins, Jackson and Taylor, is attending graduate school at Rowan University. Mike Gill has a popular radio program on 97.3 ESPN from 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
When I returned to the casino floor, I caught up with Joe Ney and Tom Grossi, business administrator for the Ocean City School District, playing blackjack at a table with three pretty young ladies. Joe told me Tom runs the south end’s Fourth of July parade. Damon Bready, who chaired Casino Night, told me proceeds from the event will benefit the Ocean City Education Foundation, student programs and scholarships and help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts at the Ocean City School District. Meanwhile back in the lounge, I caught up with Sally and Dan Bready and Lori and Brian Huck checking out the Italian buffet. Lori and Brian had to move out of their bayfront home after the first floor was flooded out.
I filled my platter and joined Ginny Mulford at her table. Ginny looked great in a midnight blue velvet jacket and a new hairstyle by Tina Gibson. Ginny and husband Bill, who both just turned 60, are looking forward to their first cruise to Bermuda in April. Ginny retired from teaching art at OCHS two years ago and has been very busy ever since. Painting children’s faces at Market Days on Asbury Avenueand Family Nights on the Boardwalk all summer, Ginny also is responsible for some of the many seashore scenes on the electrical boxes all over town. Ginny loves babysitting her grandchildren and also finds time to observe student teachers from Stockton.
While enjoying the Italian buffet, I spilled Shawna’s red wine goblet all over our table. Billy Moffitt noticed my plight and graciously replaced it for me. When Mike Kalodner stopped by our table with sushi, he told me he has been at Greate Bay for five years. He grew up and still lives in Margate just blocks from where I lived.
Burt, Susy and Emily Wilkins and the crew from Goldcoast Sotheby’s enjoyed the evening out after spending the past week moving their real estate office from their 18th and Asbury location to their temporary office for the next few months at 909 West Ave. in the old Academy Real Estate building. Laurie Brelsford and Midge Grunstra showed off their red shoes while Linda Hinchman chose a pair of gold pumps. Susan Plourde was the first person to check out the Goldcoast office after Hurricane Sandy. Burt hopes to be back in their building at 18th and Asbury by January.
When I headed back on the casino floor to cash in my $5,000 in play money for chips, I joined Fran and Nick Marotta andPam and George Rumerat the blackjack table and everyone was very helpful to this gambling novice. When my chips started to pile up, I quit and cashed them in for Chinese auction raffle tickets and tried my luck on the $100 Crab Trap gift certificate. Billy Moffitt, who is a marketing representative at Chicago Title, gathered some of his friends for a picture with this columnist. Ken Fowser loves boating and fishing and said he “works hard and plays hard.” Bob Laveson is an attorney who lives in Margate and has four children. Kate Logue works in the Mortgage Department at Citizens Bank while Joe Leonard handles mortgages for Ocean City Home Bank.
Kathy Taylor enjoyed hearing Dave Allegretto and I recall the OCHS championship football season of ’84 when the team beat Willingboro to become the state champions. Chris Breunig wasn’t surprised when I didn’t recognize him without his uniform as he and Ray Clark enjoyed the benefit with several other firemen. Nick Marotta was looking forward to taking his grandson to the Eagles v. Dallas football game Sunday as was avid Eagles fan Keith Hartzell. When I decided to head home before the benefit was over, I gave Nick Marotta my Chinese auction ticket just in case I won.
Jim and I enjoyed Veterans Day lunch at the Varsity with my brother and sister-in-law, John and Fran Maberry. Keith Symonds comp-ed our lunch to thank Jim for his service to our country.
This is the fourth year Applebee’s has honored veterans for their service to our country by offering them a free dinner. When general manager Jim Coover of the Somers Point Applebee’s stopped by our table to thank veterans Bill Woods (Army), Ralph Bingham and Ned McCaughey (Navy), Don Paul (Army Reserve) and Jim (Marines) for their service, he told us he was in the Army. JimCoover, who now resides in Egg Harbor Township, told us he used to live in OC and his children graduated from OCHS. Mary Woods, Gretchen Bingham, Marion McCaughey, Andrea Paul and this columnist didn’t mind taking a back seat to our husbands as we are very proud of their service.
After weeks of cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy, the Exchangettes enjoyed getting together for dinner coordinated by Eileen Adams at Chin’s in Somers Point. Vonnie Price gave Maribeth Neall some tips on getting her computer back up and running. Suzan LaRosa said she and husband John tried to get back in Ocean City the day after Sandy to no avail and had to wait until Wednesday to get started on the cleanup at Down the Shore Realty. Anita Culp was busy marking down the dates for all the Christmas dinners. I assured Betty Ray she hadn’t missed the Travels with the Gazette picture we took on the Potomac River Cruise. Peggy Doyle and I were bummed out that we had to come in the Ocean Drive bridge since the Route 52 causeway closed down at 8 p.m.