Sunday, August 25, 2019

Rooms with a View

PHOTOS BY PAT NEWMAN AND VAL SIMON

PHOTOS BY PAT NEWMAN AND VAL SIMON

By Coastal Breeze News Staff

A combination of spectacular homes, stunning fashions and most importantly, a desire to contribute to the American Cancer Society, drew about 170 women to Hideaway Beach recently. A new event dubbed “Rooms with a View,” was put on by the Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee spearheaded by Tommie Rowland.

The affair featured a tour of four magnificent Hideaway homes from a villa, to condominium to luxury freestanding homes. Guests were chauffeured to the various sites via golf cart. A docent in each home gave guests the grand tour. Once complete, they were whisked off to

Sue Olzsak (left) and Lisa Honig, (right) of the American Cancer Society with Tommie Rowland.

Sue Olzsak (left) and Lisa Honig, (right) of the American Cancer Society with Tommie Rowland.

the clubhouse where they were greeted by a glass of champagne. Saks Fifth Avenue displayed jewelry, accessories, cosmetics and more, all available for purchase. Saks, known for their attention to detail and world class service did not disappoint. After perusing the fine merchandise on display, guests were treated to a delectable tropical-inspired luncheon and the latest in summer/cruise wear from Escada by Saks Fifth Avenue was showcased by professional models meandering around the dining room. If that wasn’t enough, participants were able to enter a variety of raffles and bid on silent auction items.

The Hideaway Beach Cancer

Phyllis Milano, Nan Suffian and Janet Cohen chat at the Hideaway Beach's Cancer Commitee's Luncheon

Phyllis Milano, Nan Suffian and Janet Cohen chat at the Hideaway Beach’s Cancer Commitee’s Luncheon “Rooms With a View.”

Committee have been widely recognized for their efforts on behalf of the American Cancer Society. The contribution to the Marco Island Unit of the American Cancer Society made by the residents of Hideaway Beach through this association, including this event, has totaled more than $1,000,000 in recent years. Their efforts earned them the prestigious Marco Spirit Award by the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club in the past and this year, Bill and Doreen Dean, were honored with the Grado Award at the 2015 Imagination Ball. Bill retired as chairman of the committee this year and Tommie Rowland
Kira Krum, Chris Sullivan and Elizabeth Hendrix enjoy a delicious lunch at Saks Fifth Avenue fashions.

Kira Krum, Chris Sullivan and Elizabeth Hendrix enjoy a delicious lunch at Saks Fifth Avenue fashions.

took the reins. The Rooms with a View event was Tommie’s first as head of the committee, and a smashing success it was!

“We’re so pleased the event was a success. We appreciate everything Hideaway Beach did for us, as always, they were great to work with. Saks Fifth Avenue and Escada were phenomenal and we can’t thank the owners enough for opening up their homes to the guests. It took the entire committee working tirelessly to make sure every detail was perfect and they did a great job. The committee went above and beyond to ensure the event’s success,” said Tommie.

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