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Gene Simmons at Matter
Gene Simmons. Galas. Marilyn Carlson Nelson. Which one is not like the rest? You guessed it—Gene Simmons. The KISS rock legend now makes the Twin Cities a frequent stop for more reasons than just filling up the Target Center, donning his signature makeup, and spitting fake blood. Simmons extended his stay following the band’s sold-out concert to attend a fundraiser for Matter (formerly Hope for the City), a local nonprofit organization that donates medical equipment and supplies worldwide.
Brad and Tina Hillstrom, the colorful California entertainment industry couple and former Minnesota residents, along with the seldom-seen father of local television Stan Hubbard and his wife, Karen, and former U.S. Bancorp chairman Jack Grundhofer and his wife, Patti, welcomed Gene to the fundraiser, held at the soon-to-be reopened Lexington Restaurant in St. Paul. Sims Security may want to consider hiring Matter founder Megan Doyle to protect rock legends on future tours because there was no getting past her when Simmons was in the room. Simmons put his money where his tongue is by opening the bids with $75,000 table sponsorships.
Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Glen Nelson, Curtis Carlson Nelson, and Skip Gage and Barbara Carlson Gage opened the Carlson family compound for guests of Opening the Doors to Recovery, a recovery program for those affected by drug and alcohol dependency. Overlooking Lake Minnetonka, guests, including Minneapolis socialite Muffy MacMillan, enjoyed the sounds of the Steele family singers while noshing on delicacies passed by white-gloved, silver-tray-carrying attendants. Loren Daniels, founder of Mannequins in Motion, created a live Romanesque fountain in the home’s indoor pool.
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Entertainment reporter Todd Walker covers the gala and social circuit for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Look for him at events and weekly on FOX 9 News.