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Habitat gala celebrates 20 years

Royal VirginiansYou won’t want to miss an extraordinary evening at the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel and the first opportunity to hear “The Royal Virginias” that will be in Staunton to help SAW Habitat for Humanity raise funds to build hope, help and homes.

The charitable benefit will join community leaders, benefactors, sponsors and philanthropists in an evening to raise awareness of the need for workforce homeownership and investment in our community.  The event celebrates the non-profit organization’s work in the community for 20 years.

The black tie (optional) affair will feature a cocktail reception, dinner seating with a plated gourmet meal, music and dancing, and a silent auction featuring dinners, get-a-ways, evenings out, one-of-kind jewelry and original art.  Unique to this event will be spirited “Black Tie-Hard Hat” live auction segment featuring gift certificates for services you need in your home from yard work to construction.

This year’s Gala Chairs for this invitation event are Lynn White and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Summers.  They are joined by Habitat fundraising foundation members Tom Montgomery, General William Alexander, Dr. Sandra Curry, Vince Ennis, Dewey Feuerhelm; Thom Jennings, Gloria J. Stump, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Vames.

Sponsors for the event include benefit sponsors: Mr. Seth Witten of Edward R. Jones, Inc.; Mr. and Mrs. Mike DiGrassie of Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant and Bakery; and several anonymous benefit sponsors.  Silver sponsors: Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center; Paul and Martha Vames; Old Colony Construction, LLC.; and Whitescarver Natural Resources Management, LLC.  Bronze Sponsors: Edwards Forestry Services, Larry Edwards, Forester; and Philip and Paula Klann of Waynesboro.  Other sponsors include: First Bank and Trust, Staunton; William F. Sowers, Jr.; and many anonymous donors.


The highlight of the evening will be a musical performance with dancing by The Royal Virginians – a 15-piece big band that will be appearing in the Staunton area for the first time.  Joe Enroughty – the band leader has been working with this big band dance orchestra since 2004, said that he was honored to be performing at the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel in beautiful downtown Staunton, Virginia.  Enroughty noted that he was especially “pleased to be performing for such a worthy cause as Habitat for Humanity for our first appearance in Staunton.”

They have a vast library of custom arrangements featuring hit turns of the Big Band era, show tunes, and popular pieces from modern day hits.  They have played at venues including The Hilton Hotel – Washington, D.C.; The Homestead Historic Hotel – Hot Springs; The Westwood Club – Richmond; The University of Va.; The Carlyle Club – Alexandria; Cavalier Golf And Yacht Club – Virginia Beach; The Twenty Cotillion – Richmond; and the Innsbrook Summer Jazz Series.

Vocalists Deborah Leone, Jay Daniels, and Julie Fay add to the orchestra and bring to life many of the greatest popular songs of our time.  Songs like “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Exactly Like You,” “My Way,” “Sentimental Journey,” “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” and “All The Way” are just a sampling of the many selections they will perform.  You’ll hear songs associated with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Dinah Shore, Keely Smith, Judy Garland, Michael Buble, and more!

Their performances and specialty in the music of the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, to provide listening and dancing enjoyment and are often referred to as The Royal Virginians’ Big Band magic.



What:  SAW Habitat Home for Homes Gala

When: 6 – 11 p.m. Saturday, January 26

Where:  Stonewall Jackson Hotel, 24 S. Market Street, Staunton

Cost:  $100 per person.  Please contact Barbi Moon-Theado (ex. 106) or Rhonda Howdyshell (ex. 102) at SAW Habitat for Humanity (540) 886-1944.

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