Corn dogs, pizza, tuxedos, grilled cheese sandwiches. One of these things is not like the other. The Dawn of a Dream benefit for Children’s Cancer Research Fund, co-chaired by Cari and Angie Erickson of the Holiday Stationstores family, was a grand spectacle once again. However, the choice of pre-dinner appetizers was a bit, shall we say, interesting. Dawn Dreamers in attendance ranged from the iconic former Minnesota North Star Lou Nanne to fashion standout Angie Wicka, who was tardy to the party but made an entrance worthy of Lady Gaga in an ensemble that she pulled off like Cher pulls off Bob Mackie. I hope Madame Angie was able to snatch herself a corn dog before sitting down for dinner. And I can’t quibble with the menu too much when an event raises $1,550,000, the highest in its history. But note to event planners: Do we have to have every gala at The Depot Minneapolis? It’s lovely, but yawn.
As always, the Walker Art Center’s Avant Garden event, held in the Sculpture Garden, attracted the Twin Cities’ most prominent families. This glitzy, glamorous gala was all lights, camera, action . . . well, minus the lights. In what felt like scenes from Ocean’s Eleven, guests found themselves in complete darkness more than once, making for extended periods of awkwardness. But that little technological wrinkle could not dim the fashion stars of the evening: Frank Vascellaro and Amelia Santaniello. Channel 4’s anchor team and super couple brought it, Frank in head-to-toe Len Druskin selected by his lovely fashionista wife, and Amelia in a bright floral number with pops of orange and blue. Next year I’ll bring a flashlight. In the meantime, I’ll 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.