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Aged To Perfection: A Night To Remember

posted Jun 1, 2017, 3:59 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jun 1, 2017, 4:01 PM ]
Phil Aaron

Things were fantastico for the Godfather Cabaret at the Aged To Perfection benefit for the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, held May 13.

The festivities began with a procession escorting this year’s Aged to Perfection Honoree Phil Aaron, the Godfather, to the throne. Once Phil arrived, the Pasta King’s designee Chris Smith, wearing a full red cape and crown and carrying a four-foot sword, knighted Phil as “Phillipo Aaroni” making our honoree an Italian for the night.

The dining hall was elegantly decorated for the Godfather, with Pat Boblitt organizing the centerpieces and Nick Vannucci responsible for the venue arrangement.

Accordion music provided by “gangster” Larry Hendricks lent an Italian flair to the evening. City Council Member Michael Carnacchi served as the mobster’s bodyguard, ensuring that the Godfather was safe throughout the festivities. Board Member Matt Witteman surprised everyone as “Father Guido,” belting out beautiful Italian

songs. Tango dancers glided throughout the dining room, handing out red roses to the female guests. In a mass act of Italian fidelity, all the guests joined in singing the “Italian national anthem,” That’s Amore.

Keeping to the theme, dinners of pasta, polenta, and chicken cacciatore were assembled in the kitchen by Mark and Char Haley, and served by the Sebastopol Love Choir and volunteers from Helping Hands, Inc. Homecare. Fantastic wine from local wineries provided finesse to the dinner and was truly appreciated.

Phil was also honored with a resolution from California State Senator Mike McGuire and State Representative Marc Levine, recognizing his incredible service to the community and to the Sebastopol Area Senior Center. Guests watched as Phil and his daughter danced with a slide show of his life in the background. The room was graced with beautiful paintings and drawings of Phil’s life by students from Analy High School, whose artistic contributions were coordinated by volunteer Betty Visser.

All in all, the evening was a fabulous success. Kathy Deeton and Board Member Phyllis Sutter organized the silent auction which brought in over $6,000. Ted Williams and Board President Brian Ledig succeeded in getting folks to bid over $20,000 for live auction items. Board Member Cynthia Quinn helped with the contributions from the paddle raise, bringing in $9,000, and the drawing brought in $2,000. The event, coordinated by Board Member and Past President Bill Phillips, grossed more than any ATP before, bringing in over $60,000.

“The volunteer spirit in this community is outstanding,” Executive Director, Linda Civitello said. “In my 25 years of working with nonprofits, I have never seen anything like it.

“It was definitely a Buona Notte!” she added.