Illustration by Randall Nelson
Roll out the red carpet to celebrate all things red! St. Jude’s annual Red Carpet for Hope event, co-chaired by Berit and Michael Francis, was held at The Depot in Minneapolis. Todd Pinzuti led the Bungalow 6 design team for the event, with inspiration from local artist Coco Connelly’s watercolor painting. Bahram Akradi, CEO and founder of Life Time Fitness, won this year’s top two live-auction items: tickets to the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500, and an escape in Sedona, Arizona, for a little R&R. The gala event raised more than $350,000 to advance the work of St. Jude.
The next red carpet stop was at the West End’s ShowPlace ICON Theater for the 23rd Annual Oscar Experience, benefitting Aegis Foundation and Twin Cities Film Fest. Although this year’s new venue was appropriate for the event’s subject matter, popcorn, nachos, Red Hots, and ball gowns just don’t seem to work together. Fashion stylist and always-on-point couple Hollie Mae Schultz and William Lomax looked like fish out of water in this pedestrian setting. In the past, organizers held this event at venues with the Oscars showing on a big screen, creating a Hollywood after-party feel. Hats off to trying something new, but it seems like this one may have missed a step. Back to the drawing board for next year, or I suspect many will retire to their couch in sweats with a Surly and a Heggie’s pizza.
The last red carpet stop was at the fifth annual Red Dress fashion show at the Loews Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. The sold-out event benefits The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women program, with local personalities walking the runway in gowns and suits by local designers. Event co-producer and TV personality Carly Aplin added men to the runway. This year, that included Minnesota Wild players Matt Dumba, Jared Spurgeon, and Carly’s fiancé, Jason Zucker.
See you on the scene!
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.