The Buzz: American Lung Association’s 6th Annual Oxygen Ball

Welcome to The Buzz, Tallahassee Magazine’s column created to share who’s where and what they’re doing. While we try to flit around with all of Tallahassee’s social butterflies, the Buzz can’t be everywhere. Send the skinny on your next soiree to buzz@tallahasseemagazine.com.

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The Whole Foods Shopping Plaza on Thomasville Road is now filled with tenants with the opening of Millennium at Midtown, a full-service hair salon and spa that now occupies a 3,000-square-foot space in the newly built shopping center. Tammy Nguyen, who owns the new salon with her husband, Michael, was greeting visitors at the grand opening Feb. 13 including Gayla Burdick, Gretchen O’Reilly, Samantha Myrick, Andy Lawley and Suzanne Garvin. The couple already owns and operates two other beauty businesses in town, Millennium Day Spa on Kerry Forest Parkway and The Nair Bar. Decorated in shades of green, white and brown, the salon will offer Aveda products as well as Moroccan Oil hair care and Jane Iredale makeup. In addition to hair stations, 12 pedicure chairs, manicure stations and treatment rooms, the Midtown salon also boasts a six-chair Bamboo Lounge, where patrons can enjoy seated (actually more like recliner) massages. Also on hand to enjoy the Nguyen’s hospitality were Cindy and Paul Sullivan, Stephanie Jansen, Glenda Cato, Vanessa Calloway and Gwendolyn Brooks.

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They could have danced all night, but for four intrepid celebrities, less than five minutes was all the time they had to impress a panel of judges at the American Lung Association’s 6th Annual Oxygen Ball fundraiser held Feb. 15. Hospitality guy Steve Adams wore a top hat and tails to foxtrot with professional partner Sydney Canfield while Kim Bibeau and pro dancer Alex Medina danced a lively Lindy to Pharell Williams’ cheerful anthem, “Happy.” PR maven Allison North Jones paired up with Daniel Foxworth for a fierce tango. The night’s big winner was the City of Tallahassee’s marketing and PR manager Alison Faris, whose Texas Two Step with Andrew Aleman won both the judges’ and fan favorite awards. Once again, Fred Astaire Dance Studios owners Mike and Dena Dill provided lessons for the celebrity dancers. Gil Ziffer and Gail Stansberry-Ziffer were the evening’s emcees and Malcolm Mason of Manor Auctions kept up the fast-paced patter in the live auction. Those enjoying the evening included Stephanie and Shawn Hafer, Dr. Scott and Karen Tetreault, newlyweds Brien and Molly Schmauch, Craig and Tricia Pate, Dr. Tim Bolek, Dr. Brian and Meredith Wilson, Casey Caldwell, and city commissioners Scott Maddox and Nancy Miller.

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Triple R Horse Rescue held its annual valentine for equines at the “Southern Comfort” Have a Heart For Horses fundraiser held Feb. 8 at W.C. Dover Farm near Havana. About 200 horse lovers were on hand to enjoy a dinner buffet catered by Eric Pelletier of EP Designs, a silent auction, line dancing lessons and “cowboy” karaoke to help rehabilitate abused and neglected horses in the region. Revelers included Jack and Beth White, Kateri Timmes, Kathy Dunnigan, Patti Brantley, Kate DeQuatro, Marie Collins, Victoria Bruns, Lindsey Gush, Crystal and Tiffany Parker, Marc and Chollet Dunbar, Pat and Jim Lazenby, Ashley and Luke Lazenby, Lynn Smith, William Alford, Debbie Clark, Donna Bixler, Peggy Matthews, and Linda and Red Arredondo. Claire and Jim Harrison were there with daughter Kate, as well as Claire’s brother and sister-in-law Claude and Lauren Walker.

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Love was in the air at Advent Parish Day School as they celebrated their fourth Grandbuddies Day Feb. 13 and 14. Over 350 grandparents and children attended the Valentine-themed event. Children’s artwork adorned the walls and balloons hung from chandeliers, creating a heartwarming welcome. The children performed chapel songs to the delight of their audience. Grandbuddies spotted at the event included City Commissioner Nancy Miller with grandson Tucker, Brian and Marty Barnard with grandson Collins, Judith and Charles Ehrhardt with grandson Charlie, Kathy and Bob Weiss with grandsons Alden and Carson, and Tom and Barbara Block with grandson Nolan and granddaughter Reagan.

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Fun and fashion were on the menu at the Golden Glow Fashion Show, held Feb. 27 at the Goodwood Carriage House. Proceeds from the event benefited the Joanna Francis Living Well Foundation, which provides financial relief for mothers living with metastatic breast cancer. The event kicked off with a box lunch and silent auction in the sunshine outside at tables beautifully decorated with arrangements of white hydrangea and tulips by Calynne Hill and Anne Jolley Byrd. The group of nearly 300 attendees then adjourned inside to enjoy a fast-paced and high-energy fashion show featuring clothing from Kevin’s Outdoor Shop, W by Worth, BCBG, Pink Narcissus and Narcissus. All the models were women whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Dressed in styles from outdoorsy separates to resort wear to bedazzling evening gowns were Pam Talley, Lisa Canup, Daleen Glipin, Mary Gene Lewis, Cari Roth, Elaine Ford, Mildred Dadisman, Nell Stranburg, Jane Dwyer, Dawn Brown, Diep Brown, LaFaye Henry, Heather Dawkins, Alice Malone, Debora Passetti, Kelly Krause, Laura Howard, Ginger Cannon, Dana Oaks, Lorraine Nichols, Marsha Doll, Terese Coombs, Sherry Pontious and Bena Green. JFLW founder Joanna Francis and Administrative Director Jen Taylor presented Faces of the Foundation Healthcare Practitioner Awards to surgeon Dr. Eliot B. Sieloff and Ali Kelley, a member of the nursing team at Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute.

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Sunshine broke through winter’s cold, gloomy, rainy days on Saturday, March 8, just in time for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Discovery at Cascades Park. The media and VIPs were invited for a preview of the playground, designed by Meghan Mick of From the Ground Up to follow the natural curves of the location. Kids jumped on logs, pumped water and slid down a slide, always finding a soft landing in the sand. They were also invited to dip into paint to make colorful permanent palm prints on the concrete. One highlight of the playground is a beautifully designed steel gateway created by Mike Bettinger of Bettinger Welding. There were well-deserved congratulations from Cecelia Homison, CEO of First Commerce Credit Union, which is the presenting sponsor for the area, and Leon County Commission Chairman Kristen Dozier. Members of the Knight Creative Communities Institute Cultivate Cascades Team, which spearheaded the project, included KCCI Cultivate Cascades co-chairs Betsy Couch and Berenice Cox as well as members Debbie Huey and John Van Giesen. Others on hand included Wayne Tedder, Kim and Tim Howes and family, Canita Peterson, Jon Brown and Brian Rowland.

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On March 29, friends and family gathered at the fellowship hall of Piedmont Park Alliance Church to celebrate combined 50th wedding anniversaries of Bill and Jean Needham and Pat and Warner (Sandy) Sanford. The Sanfords and the Needhams are close friends and their children wanted to recognize this special occasion for each of them so they decided on a joint celebration. They were pleased at so many who came from long distances, including Bill and Gayle Waite from Tennessee; Tim and Darlene Leever and Dick and Diane Brown from North Carolina; Mary Helen Brannan, Bob and Donna Ward, Bobbie Sellars, Matt and Giselle Sanford, and David and Lisa Needham from Georgia, plus dozens of friends from the Tallahassee area. The Needhams’ daughter, Elizabeth Neeley, coordinated the event, aided by numerous people including Diane WalterArmie ChaseAmy Clayton, Marsha Adams, Trini Weaver, Carol Richardson, Carol Wertz and Candice Nissley. Other family members included Jon and Heike Sanford and their children and the Needhams’ son-in-law Joe Neeley and granddaughter Lauren from Tallahassee. Pastor Chris Greaves gave a blessing for the two couples as they celebrated this significant milestone.  n

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