2016 Top Singles Recap
When 17 unique personalities interact over the course of a few months, the end result is sure to be legendary. From photo shoots at the DoubleTree by Hilton to individually fundraising, all of their hard work culminated the night of the big event.
The 2016 class of Tallahassee Magazine’s Top Singles excelled in raising standards, raising the volume and raising funds on July 30 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. The celebratory evening dedicated to local charities was presented by Tallahassee Magazine with presenting sponsor Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic.
The much-anticipated night commenced with a cocktail hour as guests anxiously awaited the cue of the singles. Music from the duet, Blues Factor Band, set the tune and tone of the night as spirits rose and were poured. The sold out VIP tables were an indicator of the high energy and expectations.
Lights began to fade and GT Entertainment bumped beats to signal the start of the show. The ladies looked radiant in fashions from Cole Couture Boutique, sparkling baubles from The Gem Collection and styles beautifully coifed by Fuel Salon + Store. The men looked dashing clothed in SilverFox Label custom suits. One by one each single made their entrance on the stage accompanied by a song that suited them all too well.
The singles’ creativity illuminated the stage by showcasing their personalities, whether it be through entertaining acts, special guests on stage, musical performances, audience inclusion or even costumes.
Cecily Armengol literally brought all the boys to the yard with the song ‘Milkshake’ by Kelis. Showing some love for her occupation and dedication to the City of Tallahassee, Anitra Highland, took the stage in her police uniform, which underneath revealed her classy outfit for the night.
As the auctions proceeded, the audience smiled over a baby goat walking the stage and stealing hearts. Thank you Derek Hart for that cuteness overload. Mayra Klapetzky showed off her tambourine skills and was showered in confetti. Kristin Dozier was escorted by her very own ‘secret service’ detail, County Administrator Vince Long and County Commissioner Nick Maddox. Dustin Daniels challenged Sean and Audra Pittman to a dance off, which led the crowd into their very own booty break.
The entertainment was priceless, but their packages went for a pretty penny. ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals’ three-day, two-night beach vacations, a luxurious Porsche Macan provided by Capital Eurocars, a rejuvenating Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort stay, a stand up Bote Board and tickets to a Jacksonville Jaguars game were just some of the exciting packages taken home by ecstatic bidders.
During an intermission, a touching commemorative video played in honor of 2015 Top Single alumni, Rod Durham, who passed away earlier this year. There were few dry eyes in the house as his beaming smile and joyful personality was remembered.
In between the lively biddings, ears perked up as they listened for their raffle number to be called with prizes such as skincare products from Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic and concert tickets.
Throughout the night’s event, ElleBelle Photography was busy snapping photos of everyone in their stellar outfits and making sure memories were captured on film. Live in Tallahassee and AM Break with Ann and Audra were chatting with various people in interviews to capture the essence of the night.
The party was nowhere near over after the auctions came to a close as the celebrations of the night’s success continued at The Fox & Stag and Fire Betty’s Arcade Bar. Here, the Top Singles were commended and congratulated by friends and family.
Their hearts of service and charity are what will be remembered long after the confetti is cleared from the stage.
The 2016 Top Singles and their charities:
Anitra Highland, Tallahassee Police Athletic League
Caitlin Kuersteiner, Tallahassee Memorial FSU COM Newborn Intensive Care Unit
Cecily Armengol, Parkinson’s Outreach Association
Derek Hart, Children’s Home Society
Dustin Daniels, Council on Culture and Arts (COCA)
John Minas, The Kearney Center
Kristin Dozier, United Way of the Big Bend
Mandy Barnard, Camp Amigo
Mayra Klapetzky, Refuge House
Nathan Kupperman, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra
Patti Hilaman, Big Bend Hospice
Ron McCoy, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend
Sara Kate Johnson, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital
Shane Boyd, American Cancer Society/Relay for Life
Tyler Everett, Ronald McDonald House
Virginia Glass, Second Harvest
Jack Penrod, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation