Published in the April 29, 2019 edition.
By GAIL LOWE
WAKEFIELD — It was a night of smoke and mirrors on Saturday, April 27 when local business owners, their employees and supporters of the Beebe Library turned out for the 12th annual Blossoms at the Beebe fundraising event.
The year’s theme was all things “masquerade.” Both the library and Wakefield/Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce will benefit from the funds raised.
In keeping with the theme, a lucky winner went home with tickets for a three-night excursion to New Orleans, including airfare and lodging.
Though gaming tables were not part of the festivities this year, there were plenty of other activities to enjoy, including a “selfie” photo booth, dancing to music provided by “Better Her Than Me,” bidding on silent auction items that included tickets to a Red Sox game, a Fuji Instax Mini 9 camera package, gift baskets donated by local vendors and much more.
Wakefield resident and artist Jeff Stikeman also donated 8×10-inch framed sketches of the First Baptist Church spire before it toppled during a devastating fire in October 2018.
Major sponsors for the event were The Savings Bank and Brightview Wakefield.
Other sponsors were Hobbs Brook Management, Wakefield Co-operative Bank, Beth Israel Lahey Health, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, First Financial Trust, Pride Self-Storage, Rebirth Body Transformation Center, Crystal Warehouse Corporation and The Optical House.
Food was provided by House Calls Catering and floral arrangements by Parker Florist. A selfie photo booth was overseen by Emily Hojnowski. Decorations were handled by Susan Majeski, Donna Majeski and other members of the Decorating Committee.
Before the event kicked off at 7 p.m., Boston Marathon Race Director and President of DMSE Sports David McGillvray gave an inspirational talk.