Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Get It Out Of The Closet!

Written by Patti on October 6th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Still talking about the weekend. Sunday found us at brunch with Diane and Jonathan the day before she was set to drive up north (there’s a lot of that going around, apparently) to start her new job as a newspaper editor in Michigan City. We are all so proud of you, Diane! Go get em, Bunny!

After brunch, we scurried home to get ready for the evening’s event, Get It Out Of The Closet, to benefit M.E.N.S. Wear Inc. (Making Employment the Next Step). This very swanky event was held at Atlanta’s Biltmore Hotel. Dripping with crystal chandeliers, sumptuous carpet and all the beautiful people you could ever care to see. The evening started with a cash bar, buffet catered by Gordon Biersch and a silent auction with items that included a trip to The Emmy Awards and a chance to fly a fighter plane.

Stunning details in the Biltmore's Grand Ballroom

My very own man about town, Eric.

Emceeing the evening was the lovely Jessica Black, Miss United States.

I have got to remember that pose - she looks so fab! And she was just as sweet.

How did I find myself here? Our friend Victor was one of the Image Consultants for the fashion show which included makeovers for folks in the workforce, as opposed to fashion models. It was very interesting. A few of the people had Eric and I scratching our heads as to why they needed a makeover, but the fashions were fun all the same.

Look at those models - wait...that's Eric and me.

New Friends LeTaun and Melanie.

Our Fabulous Friend, Victor and Equally Fabulous Image Consultant, Carmen, onscreen.

And again onstage - looking fierce!

Lets take a look at the models, shall we?



Josh's chicken friend. Isn't she posh?

Claudia, working it!



Delaine's Killer Shoes




Miss Pat

Miss Pat’s story was nothing short of a miracle. As an Atlanta Police Officer, she was shot several times after an evil man shot and killed her partner. It was learned later that the man was holding many illegal weapons and information on killing police officers. As a daughter, stepdaughter and sister of police officers, this particularly moved and distressed me. Pat was told she would never walk and she was determined to prove the doctors wrong. And here she was – a fashion model receiving a standing ovation. It was the most touching moment of the night.

Carmen and Victor, beaming at their models. Good Show!

There is still time to donate if you would like. Work clothes or cash donations – both are more than welcome.

xoxo, Patti

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Victor says:

    Patti- It was great seeing you and Eric! Thanks a million for your support of M.E.N.S. Wear Inc. and Dress for Success!

  2. tami says:

    Wow looks fun!