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April 29, 2006 - COCAcabana 2006 Presents School Daze, School Craze. So Where'd You Go....?

What: Annual Spring Fundraiser

Where: COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63130

When: April 29, 2006

Time: 6:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Ticket Prices: $400.00 to $335.00* Patron Level-included name listing in event invitation and program. $250.00 to $185.00* Friend Level. *tax-deductible portion.

Beneficiary: COCA's Urban Arts and Scholarship Programs

Gala Chairperson(s): Peggy Kaplan, Tracey Singer

Corporate Chairperson(s): Cathy Arshadi and Linda Valvo

Co-Chair(s): Auction Co-Chairs: Julie Shearburn, Melodie Tauben; Table Captain and Patron Co-Chairs: Courtney Beyersdorfer, Mary Ann Goodson; Advertising Co-Chairs: Lauren Weissman Kerner, Sarah Kramer; Decorations Chair: Janet Rodgers; Fashion Show Chair: Anna Blair.

Executive Director: Stephanie Riven

Committee Members: Tamara and Bart Aitken, Barbara and Steve Archer, Cathy and Nass Arshadi, Richard Baron, Katy Beck, Christina and Vince Bennett, Anna and Jim Blair, Joanne and Scot Boulton, Sarah and Keith Bozler, Arlene Maminta Browne and Stanley Browne, Bunny and Charles Burson, Lindsay and Scott Bush, Melissa and Shawn Carroll, Robin and Christopher Chadwick, Barb and Harvey Citerman, Dawn Deblaze-Herron, Sheri and Paul Diemer, Alison and John Ferring, Lee Ann and Dan Fusz, Holly and Bob Gerchen, Susan and Robert Goldstein, Debbie and Ed Graves, Lisa and Dan Guirl, Donna Hall, Patty and Carey Hannum, Tanya Agee Harris and Alan Harris, Nancy Millsap Hawes, Hillary Zimmerman and Christopher Hebeler, Cheryl Holman, Tracee and Robert Holmes, Virginia and John Howell, Susie and Scott Hudspeth, Linda and Jess Hunter, Kristin and P.K. Johnson, Lauren Weissman Kerner and Kyle Kerner, Cynthia J. Kohlbry, Helen and Panos Kouvelis, Sarah Kramer, Heather and Rocky Kroeger, Gail and Carl Lang, Carla and Ronald Longley, Loren and Kenneth Ludmerer, Christine and Jeffrey Luhnow, Sally and Robert Margulis, Anne and Kevin McCormack, Kim and Bill Miller, Stuart Millner, Sandra and Eric Moore, Amy and Mark Morose, Veronica Morrissette, Stacey and Stuart Morse, Karen and Gordon Myers, Caryn Nadenbush, Mark Nathanson, Edie-A and Tom Neary, Betsy and Harry Orchard, Lynne and Brooks Parriott, Elizabeth and Tim Philpott, Jerrie and Brian Plegge, Carolyn and William Polk, Henry Ptasiewicz, Catherine and Marice Quiroga, Myisha and Ronald Roberts, Janet and Lee Rodgers, Kathleen and Sandy Rogers, Cyndy and Steve Rosenbloom, Stacey and Doug Rubenstein, Debbie and Marty Rush, Kay and Michael Ruwitch, Helene Sayad, Beth and Robert Schenk, Julie and William Shearburn, Barbara Langsam Shuman and Michael Shuman, Carol and Michael Staenberg, Jerry Talamantes, Karen and Allen Tamaren, Melodie and Scott Tauben, Ricki and Ben Tischler, Kellie and Andrew Trivers, Beth Trueblood and Ripley Rasmus, Linda and Thomas Valvo, Cindy and John Wallach, Melissa and Tim Walsh, Stephanie Walter, Christine Lathuras and Tommie Wehrle, Kerri and Robert Wetzel, Joan and Karey Witty.

President(s): Tom Hillman

Patrons: Courtney and Jeff Beyersdorder, Lisa and Greg Boyce, Barb and Steve Burrows, Karen Carroll, Larry Cohn, Janet Kath DaGue and Allen DaGue, Joan and Rand Dankner, Pat and Bob Denlow, Sharon and Dale Fiehler, Merle and Gregory Fox, Carolyn and Richard Gold, Roger Goldman, Nancy and Randy Green, Mary Ann and Chris Goodson, Claire Schenk and Richard Greenberg, Jennifer and Tom Hillman, Gail and Steve Hochberg, Cheri Hoffman, Nancy Ylvisaker and Wes Jones, Karen and Ray Kalinowski, Carol and Ward Klein, Ann Lee and Will Konneker, Donna Martin, Jennifer and Jeffrey McDonnell, Alexandra and Scott McNett, Irena Miloff and Ilya Nykin, Jeana and Buddy Reisinger, Jeana and Buddy Reisinger, Kellie and Andrew Trivers, Harriette and Peter Warren, Risa Zwerling and Mark Wrighton, Mary Ann and Scott Wymore.

Staff: Erica Zoll, Gretchyn Wright, Pam Mandelker

Libations: Wine with Dinner---Leaping Horse Chardonnay & Cabernet; Corazon Tequila, Michael Hill Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Entertainment: Afro Percussion International; Mari Watson from COCA

Music: The Free Spirit Band

Of note: Special Contributors: Invitation Design: Greg Jager and Lesley Osthus. Invitation Printing: Murray Print Shop. COCAcabana Sponsor Brochure: The Jerome Group, Inc.

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Diamond Sponsors: McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. and Peabody Energy Corporation. Corporate Table: AT&T, Ameren Corporation, The Boeing Company, Centene Corporation, Edward Jones, Marsh, National City Bank, Plaze, Inc.,Premier Rentals, Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, THF Realty, UnitedHealthCare, Vie. Scholarship Appeal : Anheuser-Busch Companies, Annymous, Kelly and Steve Bloom, Lee Bohm, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, Fleishman-Hillard, Fox Family Foundation, Cole Haan, Peggy and Lee Kaplan, Susan and John Murray, Erin and Jim Runnels, Tracey and Jeff Singer. Gold: Aon Corporation, Corazon Tequila, FUSE Advertising, Jim and Janet Knight, Maritz, Sarah and Rob Trulaske Family, Tyco Healthcare/Mallinckrodt. Silver : Bank of America, Commerce Bank, First National Bank of St. Louis, Lotta and Jeff Fox, Kerry and Bill Holekamp, Lynn and Steve Hurster, The Kellwood Foundation, Simons Jewelers. Costume Awards: Hermann Companies. Band: Brown Shoe Company, Inc.

Auctioneer: Stuart Millner

Menu: First Course: Tomato Roasted Artichoke & Asparagus Salad with Micro Greens & Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette*** Entree: The Triple Decker-Tenderloin, Veal Meatloaf & Grilled Shrimp served with a caper demiglace, Three Cheese Macaroni, Grilled Vegetables***Artisan Craft Breads with whipped butter and white bean hummus***Dessert: Chocolate Nachos with cinammon chocolate tortilla chips, fresh berries, dark and white chocolate mousse

Attendance: 500-600

Attire: High School Theme

Special Thanks: Anheuser-Busch Companies, Tom Blake, Lisa Caplan and the staff at Touchwood, The COCA Staff, Crazy Bowls and Wraps, COCAdance, Corazon Tequila, Dan Dillon, Greg Jager, Jerome Group, Inc., The Loop Subway, Stuart Millner, Auctioneer, Stuart and Stacey Morse & Morse Fine Art Studios, Murray Print Shop, Lesley Osthus, Henryk Ptasiewicz, Mark Schilling, Concert Support Services, Mari and Sharon Watson

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Passed-Open Face Kobe Cheeseburgers, Prosciutto & Gruyere Pizzettes, Tator Tot Quenelles with Cumin Ketchup, Roasted Tomato Goat Cheese on Endive

Information: Gretchyn E. Wright 314-725-1834 ext. 134

Donors: Table Captains: Bart and Tamara Aitken, Barbara and Steve Archer, Cathy and Nass Arshadi, Sheri Diemer, Lotta and Jeff Fox, Sharilyn and Cliff Franklin, Patricia Hannum, Jennifer and Tom Hillman, Gail and Steve Hochberg, Virginia Howell, Lynn and Steve Hurster, Karen and Ray Kalinowski, Peggy and Lee Kaplan, Helen Kouvelis, Lynne and Brooks Parriott, Lee and Janet Rodgers, Kathleen Rogers, Debbie Rush, Helene Sayad, Barbara and Michael Shuman, Tracey and Jeff Singer, Karen and Alan Tamaren, Mary Ann and Scott Wymore

Executive Producer(s): Production and Design Project Manager: Stuart Morse; Lisa Caplan & Touchwood, Inc., Production Consultant

Board of Directors: Tom Hillman--President; Larry Cohn--Vice President, Urban Arts External Afffairs; Carolyn Gold--Vice President, Urban Arts Education Outreach; Sharilyn Franklin--Vice President, Urban Arts Community Outreach; Cheryl Jones--Vice President, Planning; Karen Kalinowski--Vice President, Arts Programming; Ellen Wallace--Vice President, Capital/Endowment Campaign; Nancy Ylvisaker--Co-Vice President, Annual Fund; Bill Miller--Vice President, Major Gifts; Lee Kaplan--Secretary; Jeff Beyersdorfer--Treasurer. Board members: Barbara Archer, Richard Baron--Co-Chair: Capital/Endowment, Lisa Boyce, Steve Burrows, Bill Carson, Chris Chadwick, Dorothy Firestone, Lotta Fox, Edward Graves, Tanya Agee Harris, Shaun Hayes, Steven Hochberg, Kristin Johnson, Paul Kalsbeek, Carol Klein, Cynthia J. Kohlbry, Cathy Kohn, Nancy Koplar, Karen Kotner, Christine Lathuras, Lucy Lopata, Donna Martin, Tom Neary, Michael Staenberg, Donald Suggs, Michael Weisman, Karey Witty, Risa Zwerling.

Steering Committee: Carol Staenberg, Chair; Joan Berkman, Barb Burrows, Thelma Cook, Julie Cowhey, Judy Deutsch, Marilyn Essman, Susan Gilbert, Judy Goodman, Nancy Green, Kit Heffern, Constance O. Hoffman, Jim Knight, Ann Lee Konneker, Peggy Lents, Wilma Messing, Laura Meyer, Stuart Millner, Birch Mullins, Ilya Nykin, Lois Orchard, Lisa Remack, Gordon Roewe, Mary Schoolman, Marsha Shepley, Bob Stein, Mary Strauss, Caryl Sunshine, Andy Trivers

Blacktie Photos by: Terry Baer

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

"Ready to Party"

COCAcabana 2006 Presents School Daze, School Craze. So Where'd You Go....? On Saturday, April 29, 2006 COCA held its COCAcabana School Daze, School Craze. So Where'd You Go....? gala. Guests put on their old saddle shoes, poodle skirts, their Levis, Madonna bustier, old football uniform or a gowns in their school colors!  No one was admiting to their graduation year, but it marked a time to celebrate high school at COCA’s annual gala. COCAcabana represents the St. Louis party that can’t be topped. Sponsored by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and co-chaired by Peggy Kaplan and Tracey Singer, this year’s event featured cocktails, a gourmet dinner, both live and silent auctions, and dancing to the sounds of Free Spirit. The spectacular auction items included: a 6 day, 5 night stay at The Westin - St John in the Virgin Islands; a Taste of Japan - Authentic Japanese Winter Fest Dinner for 10 at the home of Peggy and Lee Kaplan; a 4 day, 3 night stay and the Elbow Beach Resort in Bermuda and much, much more! COCA (Center of Creative Arts) has provided meaningful arts experiences to St. Louisans and their family for nearly two decades. COCA has become the largest multidisciplinary arts institution and one of the most valuable community assets in the St. Louis metropolitan area. It feels very proud to have been recognized asthe community's "Best Arts Organization" in St. Louis by the Riverfront Times. Twelve hours a day, seven days a week, COCA flourishes at the center of people’s lives…and at the center of cultural life in the St. Louis community. Here you will find performances... classes... art galleries... summer camps... places to hold your special event... exhibits... a world of learning, a world of the arts. Housed in a 60,000 square foot building designed by world-renowned architect Eric Mendelsohn, COCA attracts 50,000 area residents each year thirsting for avenues of creative expression. COCA’s multidisciplinary and multicultural arts programs include performances in our 400-seat theatre; educational classes, camps, and workshops serving individuals aged 6 months through adult; artists’ residencies; exhibits of contemporary art in the Millstone Gallery at COCA; and an extensive outreach program offered to low-income youth through its nationally recognized Urban Arts Program. For more information about COCA, please call Erika Zoll at 314-725-1834 ext. 154 or visit the website at

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