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September 2002
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PABI hosts Sunset Picnic fundraiser

The Pavillion at the Port of St. James Association Donegal Bay Park was the sight for a sunset picnic dinner on the evening of Sunday, August 18, to raise funds for the Preservation Association’s operations. A sumptuous dinner of marinated shrimp and chicken kebobs, grilled vegetables, and unique summer salads was prepared by chef Debra Harwood. PABI Board members provided a variety of hors d’oeuvres to the 60+ guests, while Chef Harwood’s delicious dinner was crowned by a fresh peach shortcake. The picnic-perfect summer evening was made even better by a cooling breeze blowing off the lake, while the musical strains of Barry Pischner, Rich Scripps, and L. D. Ryan provided the diners with Beaver Island-style entertainment.
Promptly at 8:30, as the sun dropped behind Trout Island, PABI Board member and picnic organizer Sue Welke raised her glass and offered a champagne toast to the Preservation Association’s many supporters. Mortgage Banker Cathleen Jones, with Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation, together with PABI Board member Ric Roane and his law firm, Zerrenner & Roane, provided the champagne for the evening. The event was facilitated by the generosity of the Port of St. James Association Board, who made available the use of the picnic pavilion and its facilities.

As the guests dined and sipped champagne and enjoyed the view and the perfect summer evening, Sue Welke proposed a second annual summer picnic be held next summer. A preliminary count showed that approximately $700 was raised, bringing all of us one more step closer to our goal. The Board extends a heartfelt thanks to all who contributed, the volunteers and supporters of this organization.

–Sue Welke

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