Volume LVIFebruary 2009Number 1

Jingle & Mingle Gala

On December 19, Masons from Regions 4 and 5 and their ladies met at the prestigious Oakmont Country Club for the annual Jingle and Mingle Gala.

In the splendor of the Grand Ballroom, surrounded by photos and relics of the famous club's storied past, guests kicked off their holiday season with a chance to renew friendships, greet R.W. Grand Master Stephen Gardner and his lovely wife, Patricia, and enjoy the delicious food highlighted by chef-carved filet mignon.

Guests were entertained by both a strolling quartet of a cappella singers including Gail Roup, wife of District Deputy Grand Master P.J. Roup, as well as by Bro. Eric Waggoner on piano. Their holiday music blended perfectly with the ambiance of the elegantly decorated room.

There was also a silent auction of items donated by some of the District Deputy Grand Masters and generous Masons felt moved to support this most worthy charity. The items included food and wine baskets, handmade jewelry, Lenox, gifts and sports memorabilia.

Not only did those in attendance have the opportunity to get into the holiday spirit, but through their generosity, the event raised $5,000 for the Masonic Villages at Sewickley, showing once again that Masons answer the call to "Earn it Again."

A quartet of carolers including Gail Roup, (far right) wife of District Deputy Grand Master P.J. Roup, entertained the guests throughout the evening. Bro. Mark Nord, District Deputy Grand Master for District 26 and Region 5 co-chair of the event and his wife, Kelly, pose with R.W. Grand Master Stephen Gardner and his wife, Patricia, in front of Oakmont's grand fireplace.
Bro. Eric Waggoner, Entered Apprentice, Lodge Ad Lucem No. 812 and pianist for the evening, is introduced to Grand Master Gardner by Brother P.J. Roup, Jingle & Mingle Chairman and District Deputy Grand Master for the 54th District. Bro. Jesse Stoltz, P.M., W.M., Avalon Lodge No. 657, Pittsburgh, and his wife, Valerie, catch the holiday spirit.
Brothers Jim West and Jim Eckert, and Donna Murtha enjoy the festivities with R.W. Deputy Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon and his wife, Joan. Brothers Bruce Robinson, W.M., Ligonier Lodge, and Rodney Boyce, District Deputy Grand Master for District 30, pose for a picture.

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