Brasher, Harshbarger, Hill Win Goldies at Annual Banquet

IMG_3373a-smCLICK HEREl to view and/or download the outstanding Banquet photos (including special “celebrity” portraits) taken by Photographer Andre Torng, shown here with his Jersey Mike door prize.


In video above, winners of the Video Club of Laguna Woods’ Annual Short Video Contest are interviewed via Zoom by Bill Hemberger and Susan Wheeler. Eight contest entries were screened at the club’s 10th Annual Goldies Awards Banquet on February 3, 2020, in the Clubhouse 2 Main Ballroom. Club members present voted to select the top three winners: Stephanie Brasher, Fred Harshbarger, and Don Hill (see below). All entries are included in this video, produced and edited by Suzanne Savlov with assistance from Tom Nash. Still Banquet photos by Andre Torng. Banquet photo montage by Lucy Parker. The video was scheduled to run on Village Television on September 3 at 6 pm, September 13 at 7 pm,  September 24 at 6 pm, and September 29 at 9:30 am.


IMG_2765a-smRecovering from a big last-minute shock (“You don’t have the ballroom this Saturday — we’ve scheduled a wedding”), Banquet Chair Marsha Berman and her team didn’t lose a beat. They moved the Video Club’s 10th Annual Goldie Awards Banquet from Saturday, February 1, to Monday, February 3, and put on one of our best events ever, attended by more than 80 party-mood guests! Jolanda and her catering crew showed up with elegant appetizers and fabulous rack of lamb. Emcee David Dearing generously delayed a ski trip. And contest winner Fred Harshbarger was especially pleased. He couldn’t come on Saturday.

Marsha is shown above with Reservations Manager Joan Carman, right.

2020 Awards Banquet Program-sm-cropped

The snafu occurred because the credit card payment we made last summer for the room never went through. When we “didn’t pay,” the Recreation Department’s system re-assigned the room — and we found out with less than a week’s notice. Word to the wise: when scheduling a room in the Village, make sure you really have it!

CLICK HERE to download a 2020 Banquet program listing this year’s eight contestants and their video titles, along with door prize donors and names of this year’s Banquet Team.

Goldie Award winners, by vote of members present,  were Stephanie Brasher (Best of Show), Fred Harshbarger (Excellent), and Don Hill (Outstanding). Stephanie’s video, “Abraham, Martin & John,” is a musical and visual tribute to fallen American heroes. Fred’s video, “Memories,” recalls photographing fall foliage in New England. Don’s video, “Found My Bucket List,” humorously traces his efforts to achieve a long-time goal.

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Above, winners, from left, were Don Hill, Stephanie Brasher, and Fred Harshbarger. President Steve Carman prepares to announce winners.  Members present placed votes (each member received three vote tickets) in bags for the eight entries.

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Above, Banquet guests offer toasts as they await their meals.

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Above, guests posed for portraits: Joel and Marcia Goldstein, Jules and Gila Zalon, John and Alexandra Kelly, Neil and Norma Benner with daughter Debby.

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Above, Emcee David Dearing helps President Steve Carman select door prize winners from a top hat as Joan Carman and Marsha Berman stand by to deliver the gift certificate prizes. Lucky winners included (from left) Suzanne Savlov (Ralphs Market), Kate Jacobs (Mother’s Market), Linda Devillers (Ruby’s Diner).




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