Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, May 11, 2014 12:00 am
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After an eight-year hiatus, the Exchange Club of Ocean City resurrected beef and shrimp night when members and guests gathered at the Seaville Fire Company to eat, drink and dance on a beautiful Saturday evening.
Anita Culp greeted Jim and I when we arrived and showed us to our table. Anita has been busy revising the Miss Ocean City application. Warren Iredell and Jerry Kaneksky were busy selling 50/50 raffle tickets while Eric Wakabayashi, who sported a lime green shirt the same color as this columnist’s, torn tickets apart and dropped them in a large glass bowl. Meanwhile out in the kitchen John Lugo and Brandon Dierolf made sure the beef was ready in the hot gravy while Eileen Adams, Nadine Otto, Sue Doll and Jane Lugo placed shrimp on plates and Linda Gronert sliced rolls. Newest Exchange member, Doug Otto, placed bowls of chips, potato salad and condiments on the buffet table while Curt Gronert kept an eye on all the action. When Beverly and Ron Denney joined us at our table they introduced us to their weekend house guests, Bert and Nick Molloy, who spent most of the day sitting on the Denney’s porch watching the Christian Brothers Home being torn down across the street. Ron and Nick graduated from Central Bucks High School in Doylestown in 1955 while Bert graduated from Bridgeton High School. Lillian and Rich Ellerman spent most the evening saying their goodbyes to good friends as they recently sold their home in Ocean City and are moving to Naples, Fla. in May. They promised to return to Ocean City for visits.
John LaRosa reported wife, Suzan, was doing fine following her recent knee replacement surgery. Don Doll said he needs to have both his knees replaced and is just waiting to find the time. Jane Snyder sported a new short bobbed hairdo. When Sue Sheppard and Frank Faverzani arrived with their good friends, Marianne and Ed McLaughlin, Mary and Tom Oves and Diane and Dan Laverty, they took a table near the dance floor. While Tom is busy getting Oves Restaurant open on the boardwalk, wife, Mary, who is taking a break from writing her newspaper column, enjoys teaching English at Buena Regional High School. Dan, who tried to convince me he was his brother, Joe – the plumber, finally admitted he is a home inspector and very busy these days. His wife, Diane, is a speech pathologist in Northfield.
When Julie Dattilo arrived with Cathy and Joe DiMarco, they all got together for a picture. Cathy and Joe enjoyed watching their son, Nicholas, row stroke with the JV-8 on the Cooper River taking a Silver Saturday afternoon while the light-weight 8 took Gold. Joe reminded me of the award dinner I promised to attend on May 22. Tom Ulmer reports his three daughters are having babies so fast he can’t keep tabs. Harry Vanderslice sported last year’s Vanderslice/Davis royal blue golf shirt from the annual scholarship tournament to remind folks of this year’s tournament at Great Bay Country Club on May 21. Dawn and Harry attended son Cole’s Little League baseball game earlier in the day.
After dinner, with everyone stuffed with shrimp and beef, Philly Bill Culp of Distinct Events served as master of ceremonies and introduced Tony Ardito, who would take requests and spin the platters as everyone took to the dance floor. Mark Crego made a great Exchange Club Beef and Shrimp Night banner that hung on the wall behind the DJ so I got Mark to pose for a picture in front of his sign. John Van Stone handed out flyers promoting the Exchange Club’s Roger LaRosa Golf Klassic at Greate Bay County Club on May 14. John told me he ran his first 5K with his daughter in Asbury Park recently. Sharon Capizzi-Walsh enjoyed the benefit with Erich Truax from Galloway. Erich was in the Marines from 1980 to 2002 so he and my husband enjoyed reminiscing about their time in the Marines. Jim and I enjoyed catching up with Tom McGill, sporting a small beard, still as funny as ever. Janet and Jack Dershimer enjoyed the winter in Florida, but are glad to be home in Ocean City because they missed their grandchildren. Stan Duzy was on his way to get his picture taken with wife, Claire, but got sidetracked with a good real estate deal. Leigh and Jon Batastini arrived late but there was still plenty of shrimp and beef left.
The dance floor was filled all evening especially when the DJ played slow numbers, which is when I got my husband up to dance. Elaine and Al Perino, Barbara and Reynolds Keen and Jane and Ray Snyder also enjoyed the slow numbers. I spotted Diane Rossi and Eleanor Burk leading a long conga line around the room. Curt Gronert was glad to join all the ladies on the dance floor to do the electric slide. I enjoyed chatting with Jane Lugo’s mom, Theresa Cihanowyz from Dunellen, who sat with her granddaughter, Jessica Lugo, while Jane and John were busy in the kitchen, but I spotted the Lugos on the dance floor toward the end of the evening. Sandy Simpson and Jerry Kanefsky did a great interpretation on the dance floor of the “Greased Lightning” number from “Grease.” As soon as Brandon Dierolf and Michelle O’Neal set out the desserts the guests lined up for their sugar fix. Since my husband gave up doughnuts for Lent he really enjoyed a glazed one while this columnist devoured not one, but two cream filled doughnuts, which meant a few extra miles on the bike Sunday.
There was a bidding war for the 14 bottles of Lugo-LaRosa Wine between Stan Duzy and Sue Sheppard, with Sue outbidding Stan with a bid of $351 much to the dismay of her husband, Frank Faverzani, who is now going to have to have a party. Bill Culp and Warren Iredell thanked Paul Landi of Beach House Grill for cooking the roast beef and Keith Symonds at Varsity Inn for the rolls. Sharon Capizzi-Walsh, the first woman to serve on the Exchange Club Board of Directors, drew the winning number for the 50/50 with Barbara Keen being the lucky winner of $300. As the clean-up committee went to work and guests headed home the Exchange Club benefits from the success of the evening, with the proceeds going toward scholarships and social service projects.