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The Valley Line: ‘Dodo Bird Flight School’ given wings with help from Rose Court

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Princess Michael Wilkins is escorted into the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.'s annual fundraiser “An Evening of Wine and Roses” at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club on Sunday, Nov. 3.
(James Carbone/La Cañada Valley Sun)

“Come Fly with Us” was the theme of last Sunday’s La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.‘s annual “An Evening of Wine and Roses” fundraiser.

I had to chuckle at the evening’s theme, which was a clever nod to January’s LCF float “Dodo Bird Flight School.”

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The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. plans to enter “Dodo Bird Flight School” into the 2020 Rose Parade. Sunday’s fundraising event was to help complete the float.
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Under the direction of event chair Nancy Wolhaupter, the gathering at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club did take wing very successfully and beautifully. The more than 120 guests were in a festive mood and dressed accordingly.

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Bob and Liz Craven, from left, and Molly and Neal Brockmeyer, pose for a picture during the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s annual fundraiser on Sunday.
(James Carbone/La Cañada Valley Sun)

“The people scrubbed up pretty good,” Wolhaupter said, with a warm laugh.

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A boy makes a bid at the silent auction during the annual fundraiser “An Evening of Wine and Roses” for La Cañada’s float in the 2020 Rose Parade.
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While appetizers and cocktails were served, guests stopped at the photo op site for a memory of the evening. They also bid on a wide array of silent auction items.

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The 2020 Rose Queen and the Royal Court pose for a picture during the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.'s annual fundraiser “An Evening of Wine and Roses” at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club.
(James Carbone/La Cañada Valley Sun)

When the dinner bell sounded, guests were seated for the main event of the night — the introduction of the 2020 Rose Queen Camille Kennedy and Princesses Cole Fox, Emilie Risha, Rukan Saif, Reese Rosenthal Saporito, Mia Thorsen and Michael Wilkins. Escorting the Rose Queen was Mike Davitt, president of the LCFTRA and member of the LCF City Council. Tournament members Charles Thuss, Michael Freed, Joe Thompson, Greg Brown, Jon Curtis and Mike Leininger escorted the princesses.

After the court was introduced and they told us a little bit about themselves, they and their escorts stopped at each dining table to chat and hand out little adhesive roses guests could wear home as souvenirs of the occasion.

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Clemencia Garza, left, Ted Davis and Judi Healey enjoy “An Evening of Wine and Roses” fundraiser for the LCFTRA’s entry in the 2020 Rose Parade.
(James Carbone/La Cañada Valley Sun)

The always affable Chuck Terhune served as emcee. It was a momentous occasion when Terhune presented Peter Bachmann, headmaster of Flintridge Prep, with an impressive award honoring the school’s partnership in sharing its parking lot for the building of our float every December since 1978.

An exciting part of the evening came with the live auction of seven wonderful opportunities, including a one-night getaway at the beautiful For Friends Inn, a country bed and breakfast in Santa Ynez, the heart of Santa Barbara’s wine country.

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Among the guests at the LCF Tournament of Roses fundraiser Sunday were, from left, Marcelo and Sammi Waldheim, with Lena and Chris Waldheim.
(James Carbone/La Cañada Valley Sun)

There were other great things to bid on as well, such as a “Green Room” pass for a live taping of the Jimmy Kimmel Show, a night of tacos and tunes for 30 friends with music by Misplaced Priorities and Los Gringos Locos Restaurant. Another fun opportunity was a three-hour luncheon cruise or fishing expedition on board the “Cold Pizza II” with captain Len Pieroni, our current mayor.

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La Cañada Rose float supporters Brett Pounders, left, Poliana Sicchieri and Eric Pounders, at the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.'s annual fundraiser, “An Evening of Wine and Roses,” on Nov. 3.
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The auction was a great moneymaker for the construction of our float. In fact more money was raised at this year’s Wine and Roses, surpassing last year’s number. Congratulations!

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Loretta Savery and Alex Black were all smiles during the LCFTRA fundraiser for the city’s float entry in the Rose Parade.
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Jason Clay provided music for the evening. Nancy and John Wolhaupter had the last dance of the evening to a beautiful rendition of “Unforgettable.”

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