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This article was published 11/10/2011 (3632 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
BEE BOP A LULA: The $200-a-plate, 1950s-style Special Olympics dinner at the Delta got the formula right at Thursday's fundraiser -- open bar all night, with a special martini bar shakin' it up as guests got off the escalator.
Jimmy G and the Doo Wops set an upbeat mood. People went from work to party mode quickly because they were in costume.
Yours truly caught Picante Advertising's Laura Hawkins wearing a red and white polka dot I Love Lucy costume with cat's-eye glasses, with her husband Allan Hawkins (a government type) in Buddy Holly glasses peeking over her shoulder. Eric Lister from AG Growth hit the dance floor in "a white sport coat and a pink carnation" from the famous song, with wife Judy in a grape-coloured skirt with giant white poodle.
Spotted: Charlie Spiring from Wellington West, Kinsmen president Raj Phangureh, photographer/government type Charlie McDougall, Payworks president Barb Gamey, Investors Group's Wayne Cadogan, McDonald's marketing director Jolie-Ann Horn, Pinnacle's Dale Driedger, Singles Today owner Cherrlyn Thomson, writer/broadcaster Lesley Hughes, Jets captain Andrew Ladd, Bomber Joe Lobendahn and Goldeye Amos Ramon. Emcee Bill Knight doubled as auctioneer and CTV sportscaster Leah Hextall got the crowd going.
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SEX AT THE GARRICK CENTRE: At the Sex in the City gala, the Arthritis Society's fundraiser attracted hundreds of glamorous Winnipeg women dressed as their favourite characters from the TV show.
"It was great. The martinis were in real glasses and the bartenders were cute. It was a blast," said Linda Proulx, from Love Nest sex shops, who arrived with a limo full of girlfriends including Diane Houston, Linda Bartholet, Tina McLeod and Lois Taylor.
Everybody hit the red carpet first, where they were greeted by papparazzi, a doorman in a tuxedo, and Cosmopolitans and appetizers. Fancy gift bags contained makeup, soaps and coupons for trendy women's shops and services in Winnipeg.
Emcee Sabrina Carnevale of BOB FM pulled off the Charlotte look and Marlo Boux did live feed for her Girltalk with Marlo online show. Shirley Robert showed up in super sexy black shoes and suit, channelling the outrageous Samantha. One woman even showed up in Carrie Bradshaw's famous pink tutu outfit and took home Best Dressed prize.
The Sex in the City cocktail party and film viewing was so successful they're celebrating the second movie -- Sex in the City 2 -- with a soirée next October.
"We'll do a Middle Eastern theme set in Dubai, with bartenders dressed up as sheiks and a harem theme -- over-the-top and fun," confirms organizer Genny Sacco-Bak.
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WHO ARE THOSE GUYS? Weekdays about 8:30 a.m., a troupe of Winnipeg's who's who shove tables together for their 12-person male version of The View.
They started out at a Sals eight years ago, then to Bread and Circus and most recently to the back area of Falafel Place.
They've been called everything from the Table of Wisdom to The Senate.
With a pile of newspapers on the table, they discuss the big stories, politics, sports and world events, and they review restaurants, food and movies.
"Today (Oct. 7) we discussed the election, the Bomber game, the Jets coming back and the latest movies," says former Queen's Bench judge Ken Galanchuk.
Yours truly caught some regulars getting ready to leave Friday morning, including Galanchuk, retired pharmacist Ken Kronson, insurance guru Kenny Einhorn, chartered accountant Earl Singer, retired provincial government employee Wade Osipa and retired businessman Sid (Sutherland Supply) Swartz.
Other members of this tribe include criminal lawyer Hymie Weinstein, photographer Ralph Johnson, retired chartered accountant Gerry Kalef, retired lawyer and stockbroker Steve Baker, businessman Norm Glass, real estate guru Gerry Namak, track coach Jim Daly and businessman Paul Nusgart.
"We're all a lot of fun and we don't take things too seriously. We've known each other for 30 to 40 years and helped each other through things and we've kept up the bond," says Galanchuk.
Old friendships -- nothing like it. "When guys ask how to get into the group, I say, "'Give me a deposit and I'll put you on the waiting list.'"
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Maureen Scurfield writes the Miss Lonelyhearts advice column.