On Saturday, May 25, 2019 the Sophisticated Gents of Florida put on an All Male Fashion Revue at the Savannah Recreation Center in The Villages. This fund raising event, a sell-out, was a huge success!
Over 20 male models walked the runway in the following categories: Casual & Sports Wear, Business Attire, and Formal Wear. The models consisted of Sophisticated Gents and friends who strutted the runway to the exciting music provided by LP Sound Productions - Lawrence Parker & Bill Rascoe.
A lasting memory for those in attendance, this stellar event could not have been pulled off without the fantastic support and collaboration of the following:
President - Tom Glass
Chairmen - Lawrence Parker / Earl Cash
Emcee - Walter Martin
Video - Pat Randolph
Music - LP Sound Production (Lawrence Parker & Bill Rascoe)
Stage Director - Ben Moore
Production Crew - Ken Grant / Otis Lane / Mamie Parker / Florence Rascoe / Sonny & Sheila White / Joyce Cash
...and our models: Walter Martin (Emcee), George Arnold, Chad Baldwin, Ben Brown, Bryan Casey, Dan Dildy, Bill Fisher, Jerome Fisher, Lee George, Tom Glass, Vernon Haley, Billie Hudson, James Hudson, Clarence Johnson, Ray Kelly, Randy Linton, Lloyd Mayfield, John Mercier, Michael Mitchell, Bill Munnerlyn, Ola Olambiwonnu, Paul O'Reilly, Spencer Polite, Luther Tinsley, Sonny White, and a special performance by Lawrence Parker!
Last but not least, a special THANK YOU goes out to all of our guests who attended! We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you!
FYI, we are working to put together a DVD of the event that will be provided for a modest fee, with proceeds to the Scholarship Fund. Please stay tuned!
On March 9, 2019 the Sophisticated Gents of Florida hosted its 2019 Black and White Ball - " An Evening of Elegance" at the Eisenhower Recreation Center in The Villages. The theme surrounded honoring our significant others for their outstanding support throughout all of our year long programs and activities. These activities included the annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon, the Friendship Golf Tournament, the Adopt-A-Highway Program, support to Villages parades, supporting our Veterans, the Martin Luther King, Jr Commemorative Breakfast, and several other activities.To commemorate the occasion, on arrival couples were photographed and given a beautiful 5x7 color photo. As they entered the ballroom, the ladies were presented a beautiful wrist corsage and escorted to their seats. At their table, each guest received an engraved ink pen and a beautiful commemorative souvenir booklet highlighting all the key programs the Gents participated in this year.
The program was kicked off with a Welcome and Acknowledgement of our guests by our President, Thomas Glass. This was followed by toasts, a Tribute to our Departed Members, and presentations of awards to Vernon Haley (Immediate Past President), Billy Hudson, and Dan Chain for their outstanding service to our Organization.
A full-course, sit-down dinner was served by "La Hacienda Catering," followed by dancing the night away to the music of "The Rick Melvern Band."
Special thanks goes out to our Black and White Ball Committee members - Harry Lumpkin (Chair), Theodore Bristol, Ted Goodman, Kenneth Grant, Connie Lumpkin, Jerome Lumpkin, Vernon Neal, Harold Williams, and Stan Galperin. Their dedication and hard work made our signature event a complete success. But the most special thanks and appreciation goes out to everyone who joined us for this wonderful evening of elegance and fellowship!