Skit, Debonairs, and awards highlight Parkrose Business Assn. Dinner

This group really knows how to throw a party. These photos tell the story better than words …

Terry Brier, of Davey/Organicare, checks out items on which he’s bidding during the silent auction.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
A great dinner, homemade entertainment, and an auction provided members and guests of the Parkrose Business Association (PBA) with a wonderful start to the holiday season at their Holiday Dinner on December 8.

From the performance of the Parkrose High School Debonairs, to the silent auction, to the fabulous buffet dinner, to the door prize giveaway, it was a grand evening. The story is best told in photos …

Anita Tabayoyon of A.R. Moss Florists, Amy Salvador of Rossi Farms, and Rex Hollingsworth of Rex Heating & Air Conditioning share a light moment, at the Parkrose Business Association Holiday Dinner.

A welcomed tradition at the event is the appearance of the Parkrose High School Debonaires, serenading the gathering with traditional and newly-arranged Christmas songs.

Great food? You bet, and lots of it! No one puts on a banquet in East Portland like Chef Edgar and hostess Eileen of Steamers Restaurant and Lounge, the hosts of the event.

The after-dinner entertainment took the form of “New member” introductions – in the form of a hilarious skit produced by Amy Salvador. Here, “New Member” Victoria van Snooty (Kyle Ziegler, Castlegate Realty) announces her “new school of terpsichorean elegance”.

“New member” Big Bucks Bash (Gail Bash, Jackpot) pitches his great deal on wristwatches – and office supplies, and …

“New member” Marion the Librarian (Amy Salvador, Rossi Farms) says as she fumbles her books, “Reading is good. No, really!”

T.J. Tycoon, also a “new member” (formerly known as Jon Turino, Farmer’s Insurance) tells the secrets of his success.

“Very Merry Kaye” (Marsha Lee, Copy Express) gives such a convincing cosmetics presentation; even guys were ready to buy her beauty potions.

“Newly practicing Dr. Dorthea” (Mary Brown, Bob Brown Tires) offered free “exams”. But when she had no takers, she provided practical advice for staying well during flu season.

We’re still not sure about the line of business “George” (Terry Brier, Davy/Organicare) is in, but it smelled like compost.

Outgoing PBA president Mark Eves, of Eves & Wade, LLP ,presents the Gavel of Office to incoming president, Jon Turino of Farmer’s Insurance.

Awards
The PBA pauses at the end of each year to recognize members who have provided outstanding service to the organization.

The Karl F. Lind Award is given to a member of the community who has given countless hours of volunteer time, is known for personal integrity, and has become an integral part of the Parkrose community.

The presentation was by the 2006 award winner, Gail Bash, who announced that Michael Taylor, former Superintendent of Parkrose School District, was the 2007 Karl F. Lind Award winner. Mr. Taylor, however, was unable to attend.

On behalf of the PBA board, outgoing President Eves is given the association’s Outstanding Leadership Award.

Marsha Lee of Copy Express is presented the Artie Johnson Award, symbolizing selfless dedication and a high level of dedication to the organization, by the 2006 recipient, Mary Brown of Bob Brown Tires.

Mark Eves presents to David F. Ashton of “eastPDXnews.com” the 2007 President’s Award.

Guests are welcome at the PBA
Come enjoy the best business luncheon in town, and meet the members at their next meeting, on Thursday, January 17 at Steamers Restaurant, 8303 NE Sandy Blvd. (east of NE 82nd Ave.); NO reservations required. For more information, see  www.parkrosebusiness.org.

© 2007 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News Service

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