Ridiculous fun always ensues. From seeing a million people you know (finally got to meet Sean in person) to stuffing yourself with the best food, wine and cocktails the city has to offer to the over-the-top silent auction and raffle, this is one party you don't want to miss.
|clockwise from top left: infused cocktails in the VIP lounge / the Hodge's crew serving up cocktails / lobster & rock shrimp rolls at Hodge Podge / Zack Bruell / a wicked lamb belly taco / chicken paprikash, Deagan style|
Other favorites of the evening included Ginko's sushi (no surprise there). Once you go Ginko you can't go back. Deagan's chicken paprikash, Light Bistro's spring pea & mint soup with ramp pesto and L'Albatros' spring vegetable garden tart with foie gras and watercress were also to die for.
|clockwise from top left: the uber-chic momma-to-be, Jessa / two of my favorite fashionable gals (and my giveaway winners) Morgan & Kate / the best dressed couple of the evening, Jen & Matthew / event planner extraordinaire (who doesn't take herself too seriously), Alicia (and her super fab husband in blue, Hans) / my love, Quintin from Ginko & I|
the always funny and fantastic Alexa, who wowed us all with a performance of the traditional Greek wedding dance
Cleveland's most fun couple to hang out with, The Hickens
the incredible Kasey Crabtree (happy hour, stat!)
Team PIP, Momma LaVec and Aunt Kathy
and about a million more!
|wait, they let us eat, drink and then blog about this?|
amanda / alicia (who put this entire thing together) / jen / me
This year's festivities were held at the InterContinental Hotel and I must say, the space was perfect. Tons of room to move about and a beautiful one, at that. I don't know how they pulled it off and how they could possibly top themselves next year. Hats off to everyone at the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio. Well done!
To learn more about the Arthritis Foundation and how you can help, check out this link.
::disclosure - I was given a VIP pass c/o the Arthritis Foundation. I would be attending this event regardless and all musings are my own::