2018 CALTA Luncheon Photo Album
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In March, all CALTA members received an invitation
to our season-end luncheon celebration on May 8.
550 accepted!!

On the day before the big event, our Board members
spent the day setting up at Omar Auditorium.
It's always a challenging task to transform
that large space -- which starts out rather barren ...

It was a long work day ...


... and clearly lots of fun!

As always, it was inspiring to watch the designers
from Loluma as they worked their way around
our Board ladies who were setting up the team tables.

By the end of the day,
Loluma's impressive ceiling decor was complete.

The flower arrangements for the buffet tables were ready ...

... and all the team tables were set up.
At the center of each team table was
a gift for the team captain -- a rolling cooler ...
very handy for organizing refreshments for CALTA home matches!

At each place setting for the 550 members attending was a
"welcome card" with information on the timing of the fundraiser.
On the back of the card was a list of the 56 young ladies who had
received awards in CALTA's 2017 Junior Recognition Program.
Also at each place setting was a member gift --
a mini CALTA notebook with pen ... a useful purse item!

On each table was a bag of gifts for members who could
not attend the luncheon. The captains
were asked to make sure every team member receives one!

The Board set up a table for each team.
We are fortunate that, at Omar, we are able
to accommodate a team of any size at one table.
The team tables ranged in size -- cozy rounds for 5 to 8 players,
combinations of rectangle tables for larger groups.  There was a
21-seat table for the Pearls (always the largest at the luncheon!).

While the team tables and food tables were being decorated,
the fundraiser display tables had been set up.
Associated with each item was a numbered bag
into which the ladies would put their tickets -- and hope!

There were 14 tables full of very appealing items ...


... plus some large items and plants
that were displayed to the sides of the stage.


In addition to items from individual contributors,
each of CALTA's 58 teams had donated at least one item --
all for the benefit of CALTA's Junior Recognition Program.

With over 100 items, it's not possible to show all of them ...
but here's a sampling.

THANK YOU to all our contributors!








One table was laden with lesson certificates
generously donated by our local pros ...

When the Board returned early the next morning,
the crew from Duvall Events was getting organized --

with the guidance of their wonderful chefs, regulars with our event. 
They are a fabulous company ...no detail overlooked!

Lynn was preparing the raffle ticket sales desk ...

The doors opened -- officially -- at 10:30.
It's a long tradition for Pamela and Linda to celebrate
the offical start with mimosas from the cash bar!

Even with our large crowd, arrival went
very smoothly thanks to the assistance of four
Mt. Pleasant police officers (some who come every year!)
to direct parking in Omar's spacious lot.

As the ladies entered the lobby, they were met
at the door by our official greeter, Amy,
who directed them to one of the welcome tables in the lobby.

Thank you to all our "welcome table" ladies -- mostly
from Amy's "Pearls" team!


Before entering the auditorium, the ladies passed the
"Take One" table in the lobby -- under our
"welcome" banner listing the tennis centers
participating (currently and recently) in CALTA.

This year's "take one" items included a supply of
CALTA net-check tape measures (our member gift from 2017)
and donations by Family Circle from the Volvo Cup give-aways.
They disappeared very quickly -- an advantage of arriving early!
(Very soon after the doors opened, the
"Take One" sign was replaced with "Sorry, all taken"!)
And for those members who still have their
CALTA digital watch (our 2010 member gift),
it was an opportunity to pick up a replacement battery.

The room filled quickly and the CALTA spirit was
very much in evidence
as the ladies made their way to the ticket desk
in front of the stage to buy their raffle tickets.

In addition to the official sales desk, Lynn
had recruited "roving" ticket sellers -- equipped with
her personally designed aprons.

There was a supply of CALTA pens
for ticket buyers to write their names on the tickets.

Before the buffets opened, the ladies had an hour to socialize.
Some took the opportunity to take photos with their team-mates ..



Some visited the cash bar set up by Harbor Breeze Restaurant ...
as always, a popular spot!
  Apparently the
sweet tea firefly vodka (with lemonade)
is starting to compete with mimosas as a popular choice!
In addition to the cash bar, there was a station
for complimentary sodas and iced tea ...


Most of the ladies spent the time checking out the raffle tables.
With so many items, it was a difficult choice ...

The ladies resolved that by purchasing tickets totalling $11,300 --
all for the benefit of junior girls in our local area.
(An additional $3,000 will be contributed to the fund
for the Junior Program from our 2018-2019 annual dues.)   

Next to the iced tea station was one of the two displays
of "thank you" notes in the room -- a few of the many received
from the 2017 Junior Program recipients.


The buffets opened at 11:45.
Created and served by Duvall Events
(our seventh year with this wonderful company),
the menu again provided something for every taste.

There were identical two-line buffets on each side of the room --
with a salad bar, tea sandwiches, shrimp salad, chicken salad,
bean & corn salad, grilled vegetables with herbed feta sauce,
and a selection of deli meats and cheeses with rolls. 

In the center aisle of the room were two cold soups -- vichyssoise
and beet borscht with sour cream ... both very popular (but we did hear
several "where's the gazpacho this year?!"   duly noted!) ...

Also in the center of the room was a selection of fresh fruit with yogurt dip
and house-made granola -- and delicious desserts.
As expected, many ladies headed there first!

Even with our large crowd,
it did not take long for everyone to be served.
The Board has been hearing rave reviews about
the quality of Duvall's food and service.

At 12:30, as the ladies finshed eating,
Linda introduced the Division Coordinators
and Executive Board members ...
... and asked the Division Coordinators to come up to
announce the winning teams in their divisions.
A tall glitzy "WINNER" sign above a table
indicated the team had placed in the top three in its division.
On the table of each of those teams was a cute
see-through bag containing an award for each team member --
a 2-sided acrylic tag ... great for bragging rights!

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 winning teams!!
(If you're a winning team and your photo
is not included below, please send by e-mail.)

Division 1 - 1st: Mt. Pleasant Rec, 2nd: L-T-P 1, 3rd: L-T-P 2
Division 2 - 1st: Seabrook, 2nd: Snee Farm, 3rd: Farmfield 1
Division 3 - 1st: Family Circle, 2nd: Doty Park, 3rd: Daniel Island
Division 4 - 1st: Daniel Island, 2nd: Wild Dunes, 3rd: Seabrook
Division 5 - 1st: Snee Farm 2, 2nd: Snee Farm 1, 3rd: Farmfield 1

Div. 1 - Mt. Pleasant Rec (MPR)

Div. 1 - L-T-P 1

Div. 1 - L-T-P 2

Div. 2 - Seabrook

Div. 2 - Snee Farm

Div. 2 - Farmfield 1

Div. 3 - Family Circle

Div. 3 - Doty Park

Div. 4 - Daniel Island

Div. 4 - Wild Dunes

Div. 5 - Snee Farm 2

Div. 5 - Snee Farm 1

Div. 5 - Farmfield 1

After the recognition of the winning teams,
it was time to learn the winners of the 100+ raffle items!
The raffle crew mixed up (very thoroughly!)
the tickets inside each numbered bag,
clipped the ticket with the winner's name

onto each bag and brought the bags to the stage.

Everyone listened for her name to be called ...

Interesting how quiet 550 women can be
when there's anticipation of a win!!

Pamela has designed a very efficient system ... With Cheryl's
announcing help and the volunteer "runners", the winners
of the 100+ items were announced in half an hour!

Here are some of the happy winners ...









Once again the big winners are the young ladies
who will receive awards from
CALTA's 2018 Junior Recognition Program.

The CALTA Board thanks everyone who helped to make
our 2017-2018 season and luncheon a great success.

See y'all on the courts in August!!

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