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May / June 2016

EVENT Magazine




White Linen and Wine


Gala Black Tie Dinner and Live Auction


Painted Violin


2016 Dog Ball



White Linen and Wine


Fashion Week Alabama 2016 Finale



Gothic Guild Victorian Cotillion


HSO Diamonds are Forever


Pure Barre 5th Anniversary


Garden Love


ADDY Awards

Porsche Unveils Innovative New 911


65 Huntsville Happenings

50 Painted Violin

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Business Profile: Florida Institute of Technology


Feature: For the Love of Animals


Taste: A Match Made in Heaven


Spotlight: Debbie Dodd


Centerstage: Stephanie Weaver



On The Cover: Josie Lipscomb & Steve Babin at White Linen and Wine Photo by Danielle Adamek

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54 Calendar

Garden Love

Street Scene Yellowhammer Ribbon Cutting EarlyWorks Easter Bunny HMA Luncheon

Gala Silent Auction and Cocktail Party

18 Editor’s Letter


Pure Barre 5th Anniversary

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16 Publisher’s Letter








A Letter from the Publisher



So, it is the time of year when many of us move our weekend activities outdoors. I, for one, have been charged with the task of replacing our fence. I consider myself a handy person, but the stark reality is that I know only enough to be dangerous – sometimes I’m MacGyver, but most of the time I'm Gilligan. Needless to say, my weekends of DIY home maintenance are full of ups and downs. I feel like a lucky man when I complete the project without a trip to the chiropractor or ER. At my age, the mere thought of replacing that fence makes my back ache!

The focus of this issue is people and their pets. Pets are our family members, and if you are a pet owner, you know exactly what I mean. Studies show pets are a source of stress relief for us, so spotlighting the joy these animals bring is our way of keeping us all a little bit healthier.

I know you will enjoy this issue. We have been out covering events – from the Dog Ball and the Huntsville Museum of Art Gala to the launch of the sleek new Porsche 911 – there seems to be a little for everyone to enjoy.

I hope each of you have a happy and safe summer. Please shop with the businesses you see advertising in EVENT. They support our efforts to inform and entertain you and the rest of the community. Don’t forget to tell them you saw them in EVENT Magazine! Cheers!

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President/Publisher Todd Stephenson Editor Lori Boatfield Writers Kimberly Ballard Melissa Gerrish Hannah Weir Harris Elizabeth Keister Contributing Writers Brooke Lehman Judy Ryals Creative Director/Graphic Design Patty Satterly Website/Graphic Design Scott Seeley Lead Photographer Steve Babin Photographers Danielle Adamek Sarah Bélanger Mark Jaeger Scott Roberts Jeff White Isaiah Williams Contributing Photographers Johnny Miller Director of Sales Carolyn Stephenson Account Executives Ann Lane Lee Nast Distribution Victor Mace

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Editor’s Note

Hello Huntsville! Do you feel the anticipation in the air? The weather’s improving, schools wrapping up, vacations are evolving from the dream phase to the booking phase. It’s a wonderful time of year, especially in our area. I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful blooms and not suffering the side-effects.

Speaking of anticipation, we couldn’t be more thrilled about this issue. We’ve been affectionately referring to it as the Creature Feature! Our focus is on animals of all kinds: the love and protection we can offer them in a variety of ways. In our editorial feature, you’ll meet four incredible volunteers, advocates and, in our opinions…heroes in the animal rescue sector. These women, along with armies of staff members and volunteers, are working in fostering and adoption efforts, thereby reducing the number of animals in shelters, and striving to make this area’s shelters no-kill facilities. We hope this issue will touch your heart and lead you to get involved in some way with the life-changing work being done in our city and county. We shine our Spotlight on Debbie Dodd, founder of A New Leash on Life, a unique adoption and fostering program for pets, helping match homeless animals to the perfect forever-home.

Our Centerstage introduces Stephanie Weaver, an artist, writer, mom and volunteer whose poignant pieces of art featuring animals help raise needed funds for rescue organizations.

For another special treat, our model for the Fashion Feature is the lovely Victoria Henley, best known for her appearances on America’s Top Model. She’s showing off seasonal styles from our favorite shopping spots.

Our Business Profile concentrates on The Florida Institute of Technology, particularly their innovative approach to the Doctorate of Business Administration program.

We’ve loved every minute of being out and about covering events like the 2016 Dog Ball, the Gala Events at the Huntsville Museum of Art, not to mention honoring very special cancer survivors, including our own Steve Babin at the White Linen and Wine Event for the Russel Hill Cancer Foundation.

Even our advertisers have gotten in on the fun! Don’t miss some charming ads showing shop dogs and pet products! Remember, without these advertisers, we couldn’t create this publication. Shop with them, and don’t forget to tell them you saw them in EVENT! Here’s to them, and to you Huntsville!

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The HMA Commemorates 25th Annual Gala


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The HMA continued its tradition of bringing people and art together with this year’s celebration of the 25th Annual Gala. Recognized as one of Huntsville’s premier fundraising events, the Gala has generated more than $4 million in support of HMA in the past 24 years. These proceeds help bring nationally recognized exhibitions to the museum and the Tennessee Valley. The Black Tie Dinner and Live Auction were held Thursday, March 3.

More than 90 artists’ works were featured in the Gala Art Exhibition on display in the museum’s galleries through March 5. These works, along with nearly 30 trips, parties, and other treasures, were auctioned during the events.

As part of its 25th anniversary, the Gala committee celebrated the artwork of 21 past featured artists including Roger Dale Brown, Dean Mitchell, Nall, Evan Wilson, Briggs Whiteford, Kim English, Jean Chambers, Nancy Franke and Kevin LePrince.

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The HMA concluded its festivities of the 25th annual Gala week with a cocktail party and silent auction on Saturday, March 5 at the museum. Chairwomen responsible for the dynamic Gala fundraising events were Suzan Boyce, Melanie Murray, Betsy Robinson, and Angie Yeager. The funds raised allow the museum to accomplish its mission, which is to bring people and art together through acquiring, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting the highest quality works of art.

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More than 90 artists’ works were displayed in the Gala Art Exhibition through March 5 and along with nearly 30 trips, parties, and other treasures, were auctioned off. The public was invited to view the exhibition and place early sealed bids.

Saturday night’s party was catered by Lyn’s Gracious Goodness, with flowers arranged by Carl Cassidy from Lola’s Gifts and Flowers of Sheffield. n

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The Russel Hill Cancer Foundation held its 7th annual White Linen and Wine fundraiser on February 27 at Jackson Center. The objective of the elegant wine tasting is to raise money to improve the health of the area through the support of bold, innovative cancer research, cancer education and patient assistance. This year’s honorees were Chip Moore, Wendy Worley and Huntsville EVENT’s own Steve Babin.

Flowers and décor were arranged by Jamie Jones Flowers and Sound Source Productions while Junctional Rhythm provided musical entertainment.

Russel Hill Board of Trustees’ Executive Director Emily Tygielski cited a special benefactor for the event, “Steve Golpayegani from Mary’s Wines and Spirits in Hampton Cove donated all of the wines for the upscale wine tasting.” The presenting sponsor was Clearview Cancer Institute. n

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Steve Babin, Wendy Worley, Chip Moore

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Florida Institute of Technology Huntsville:

High Tech with a Human Touch


Written by Melissa Gerrish

Photos by Steve Babin

s the Florida Institute of Technology DBA program chair, Emily Martinez-Vogt, Ph.D. is committed to the vision and journey of all her students. She and the staff at FIT are dedicated to providing high-quality education to a culturally diverse population.

They offer a solid program at 19 locations that prepare students for entering the global workforce, seeking higher-education opportunities and serving within their community. FIT seeks to expand knowledge through research while serving the economic, cultural and societal need of the local, state, national and international populace. The Florida Institute launched their off-site location in Huntsville in 2014 in response to a strong demand from students seeking a terminal business degree.

The doctoral business degree (DBA), prepares students with the advanced knowledge necessary to manage complex corporate settings. This program offers expert education for professionals with at least five years of management experience who are interested in becoming leaders in business, government, education, healthcare and non-profit industries. Students in the program apply theory and advanced research skills with an understanding of the challenges facing the public and private business sectors. The DBA is the ultimate business degree with a multifaceted approach in strategic planning, organizational behavior, human resource and financial management, innovation, entrepreneurship and quantitative research. FIT’s DBA degree is a cohort program designed to facilitate peer-to-peer learning. The program’s curriculum allows professionals to complete their schooling in three years, meeting one weekend a month each semester for the duration of the program with an intense research component the final year. It provides opportunities for students to hone their research skills while challenging them to solve complex Germi Cloud, Charlie Harriman, Don Cloud

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problems across industries in a global economy. “From finance to organizational behavior, all students receive a wellrounded education including core courses and special topics seminars including, but not limited to, accounting, decision making, product life-cycle management and the fundamentals of cyber security,” said Vogt.

“My experience as the FIT DBA program chair and a member of the college of business faculty has provided me an amazing experience and chance to delve into my passion,” said Vogt. Within FIT she has the opportunity on a daily basis to interact with colleagues who share similar goals to support students and provide the best learning experience possible. Vogt also makes a point to connect throughout each semester with all DBA students via email, phone and regular class visits, “If I leave the door open, students will walk through it, such connections establish a sense of rapport and trust, which in turn fosters a positive learning experience.” Emily Martinez-Vogt, Ph.D.

Dr. Vogt will be initiating the Visiting Executive Program, occurring during the seminar phase of the DBA. This new program will provide an occasion for students to refer business leaders from their community. As a result students will have the exciting opportunity to meet with such persons and have impacting conversations.

Not only is FIT dedicated to their students but they are also a military-friendly school that puts forth great effort to recruit, support and retain American veterans, current active or reserve service members as students. Individuals that work on Redstone Arsenal from the civilian, government or military sector will now have the great convenience of seeking higher education through FIT’s satellite campus located in Huntsville off Old Madison Pike. Vogt declared, “FIT is an excellent school where the possibilities for our students and staff are endless.” n



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AFA Features Fashionistas from Near and Far, Plus a Designer to the Stars Photos by Scott Roberts

The Alabama Fashion Alliance celebrated its 5th annual Fashion Week Alabama March 1-5 at Real Estate Row and The Stone Center at Campus 805 in Huntsville.

The event served as a marketing platform for emerging and established fashion design talent, small businesses and professionals in the fashion and beauty industries.

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Special guests included Mychael Knight, Project Runway’s fan favorite and fashion designer to the stars; Emcee, Victoria Henley from America’s Next Top Model; and Tyler Bailey of Tyler Bailey Italian Made Shoes from Atlanta.

Catered by Bubba’s Silverspoon Catering, flowers and décor were arranged by Nancy Donahoo and Pauline Hopkinson. Saxaphonist Alex Banks provided musical entertainment.

The charity supported during Fashion Week was The BRIC, a non-profit organization for teens.

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Gothic Guild Victorian Cotillion, Honoring Timeless Social Graces


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The 32nd Gothic Guild Victorian Cotillion Dinner Dance was held March 13 in the North Hall of the Von Braun Center. The Dinner Dance is the culmination of six weeks of events and training in the timeless social graces that continue to befit today’s busy lifestyle for the 39 members of the Victorian Cotillion Club.

The evening began with each member of the Victorian Cotillion Club being presented with a handmade lace fan, a reminder of the Victorian era of social graces and formal living. The young ladies were then joined by their fathers for a presentation followed by a dinner enjoyed by all of the families and guests. The evening was capped by dancing to the music of the Craig Duncan Orchestra. Cotillion Chairmen were Escoe Beatty and Liz Hurley Hargrove. President of the Gothic Guild is Ashlee Duesing. Proceeds of this year’s event will benefit the Early Works Families of Museums. n

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HSO Features Hilary Kole Singing the Music of James Bond

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The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra honored guest artist Hilary Kole with a reception on February 6. The function also served to show appreciation to the donors and sponsors of the event and the series. Flowers and décor were arranged by Chip Padgett with catering by Von Braun Center. The concert sponsor was S3, Inc., while SAIC sponsored the Pop Series. Kole performed the music of James Bond films accompanied by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra that evening in the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall at the VBC. Notable favorites included Academy Award nominated songs “Live and Let Die,” “For Your Eyes Only” as well as the Oscar-winning song “Skyfall.” n

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For the Love of Animals

Tammie Berzett Tammie Berzett is a volunteer and fundraiser whose love for animals and their future led her to help the Greater Huntsville Humane Society with fundraising and Dog Ball support. Berzett grew up in Huntsville and graduated from UAH. She is a Senior Program Analyst for Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation. Her household includes 3 rescue dogs.

Asked to join the Greater Huntsville Humane Society Dog Ball committee 10 years ago, Berzett has become a yearly volunteer. She said, “It is an amazing fundraising event that I hope to be a part of for a long time. I believe in the work the Greater Huntsville Humane Society (GHHS) provides to the homeless animals that come through their door.” The GHHS is a nokill shelter that provides food, care, and love for the homeless animals until they find their forever home.

Rocky, a 7-year-old boxer, is a prime example of what the shelter deals with on a daily basis. He came from a divorced family and when a new puppy came into the household, he was no longer a good fit for their home. Taken to GHHS in apparently healthy condition, a medical exam revealed two malignant tumors. One was too invasive to remove. Rocky still loves to chase birds and bounce around with a rope in his mouth. His care is now focused on keeping him as happy as possible and finding a home to spend the rest of days. Berzett’s work includes striving to educate those looking for a pet companion. She emphasized people should consider a variety of factors before bringing a pet into their home — factors deeper than whether it’s a cute puppy or kitten. She added, “I also preach ‘spay and neuter’ to all current and future pet owners.”

When contemplating the most important message for the community about pet rescue, Berzett declared, “In my world, pets are considered family members. You take care of them as if they were your own children. I also encourage obedience training. A well-trained dog is a happy dog, and that means a happy owner, too.”

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For the Love of Animals

Margaret Ann Bibb

Margaret Ann Bibb is an avid volunteer for several animal rescue organizations namely Friends of Rescue and A New Leash on Life as well as being on the board of directors of Therapy Partners, Inc. She owns an interior design company called MAB. Her husband Alan and she have three dogs, four adult sons, three grandchildren and another on the way.

Bibb told the story of how she got involved with animal rescue, “A miniature dachshund was dropped on our street near downtown Huntsville over 15 years ago. I had no clue people would get rid of their animals in that manner. Actually, I knew very little about the plight of animals in shelters all over the U.S. But the little dachshund we named Ches changed our lives forever and sparked my interest in helping animals in need.”

Over the years, Bibb has fostered short-term for shelters and picked up abandoned dogs, finding them homes or rescue. Her volunteering with Friends of Rescue (FOR) consists of transporting animals from shelters to their foster families, helping with fundraising and supporting their mission financially. FOR rescues animals that are about to be euthanized at high-kill shelters. They find foster homes and take care of all medical needs. The rescue pulls animals from shelters that are least likely to be adopted or have medical issues that would prohibit adoption initially. FOR’s first task is to make sure the animals are healthy and then the animals are placed in forever homes.

Bibb’s hope for the future is that the rescue will be sustainable and continue to help animals in need for as long as there are animals in need. She stated, “Foster homes are the key to the success of this rescue along with financial support. Facebook, Petfinder, and other adoption sites have played a tremendous role in raising the awareness of the homeless animal population.”

The most important message Bibb has for the public about animal rescue? “Spay and neuter your pets!”


Photo by Steve Babin

For the Love of Animals

Karen Sheppard Karen Sheppard, DVM, is Animal Services Director for the City of Huntsville. Dr. Sheppard credits her staff, volunteers and Mayor Battle with the life-saving efforts going on in the Huntsville Community. A native of Decatur, she practiced small veterinary medicine until accepting her current position. “I love being a small animal veterinarian, but I needed a more challenging and passionate calling. Joining the City of Huntsville to change the standard southern dog pound into a life-saving machine seemed like an impossible task and I was willing to try,” said Sheppard.

The city shelter takes in homeless and unwanted dogs, cats, livestock, pocket pets, birds, exotics, etc. for the City of Huntsville residents and Madison County. With a dynamic program and community partners, mainly Spay Neuter Action Project, the shelter has been able to put in excess of $100,000 into low-income spay/neuter programs, which helped lower the shelter intake each year. Sheppard reported, “In 2015 the city shelter only took in 5,200 dogs and cats and thankfully we were able to save 90 percent of them. We accomplished this with strong partnerships with A New Leash on Life’s quarterly Big White Tent adoption event with PetSmart Charities along with monthly adoption promotions at the shelter.”

Sheppard’s goals for the future of the shelter are simple: to continue to lower intake at the shelter and save every healthy and treatable animal that enters; and to reach out to other shelters and help them learn the programs, find the dollars and make the changes to save all of their healthy and treatable pets too.

The most important message Dr. Sheppard has for the community is one that began as a campaign in the 60’s – that spaying and neutering was critical to the industry’s overall success. She declared, “I still firmly believe that spaying and neutering is the key message. If we as a nation can continue to lower the number of dogs and cats that end up in city shelters we can eventually save every last one of them!”

Photo by Steve Babin


For the Love of Animals

Sara Alavi

Sara Alavi is an advocate, volunteer and foster to animals in the Huntsville area. Besides being owner of Silhouette, a fashion boutique on Whitesburg, she shares her home with rescued animals.

“I’ve always loved animals,” Alavi said. “Since I can’t take them all in, fostering is the perfect compromise.” She reveals the benefits to fostering animals: taking in animals that need a safe place to stay before finding their forever home; teaching them manners and introducing them to a home environment. Potential adopters can’t always see the pet’s true personalities shine in a shelter situation, where the animal may be scared. Alavi stated, “In a foster home, a pet can learn to trust people. A foster can also see that pet’s personality and really guide potential adopters to pets that will fit their needs and wants.”

Alavi first applied to be a foster online. “Both groups I have fostered for have a great network of more seasoned fosters that are there to help you with any questions,” she said. Through a great support system, volunteers with the foster organizations provide guidance, pet-sitting and even transportation for foster animals when needed.

With a simple aspiration for the future of these organizations, Alavi said, “The goal with any animal rescue group is to save them all. It’s a lofty goal, but you have to aim high, right?” She believes there are many misconceptions about adopting an animal from a rescue or a shelter. People are concerned that the pets have issues, all the animals are old, specific breeds or purebreds aren’t available and the pets are unhealthy or have behavioral problems. Alavi asserted, “Hopefully, one day, every homeless pet can find their person.”

Sharing the most important message for the community about animal rescue, Alavi quoted a saying she supports, “Adopt. If you can’t adopt, foster. If you can’t foster, sponsor. If you can’t sponsor, volunteer. If you can’t volunteer, donate. If you can’t donate, educate.”


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A Match Made in Heaven Food and drink pairings have long been features of upscale restaurants where a sommelier can recommend the proper wine to complement an elegant entrée. But perfect pairings aren’t just for exclusive settings. These combinations from two of our favorite area eateries prove that pairings don’t have to be fancy to be fabulous! Photos by Sarah Bélanger

Bloody Mary with Eggs Blackstone Another Broken Egg Another Broken Egg perfectly pairs a Bloody Mary with Eggs Blackstone, made with grilled tomatoes, two poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, chopped baked bacon and green onions. The Bloody Mary is garnished with olives, lime, celery and carrots. The spicy tartness of the Bloody Mary enhances the creamy richness of the Hollandaise. This match made in heaven is a perfect way to start the day!

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Pure Barre Huntsville Throws Anniversary Bash Photos by Scott Roberts

Pure Barre Huntsville celebrated its five year anniversary with a party at The Ledges on Friday, February 26.

Guests munched from a spread catered by The Ledges and mingled amid tunes cranked out by Metropolitan DJ. Madeline Sandlin of Finery arranged flowers and décor. The event featured a slow-motion photo booth from Details Nashville.

Pure Barre’s owner, Meredith Hansom declared, “We had over 300 people, which was double what I anticipated! I couldn’t be more thankful for all these wonderful people coming out to celebrate Pure Barre.” Hansom’s second location in Madison will celebrate five years of business next year. She added, “Pure Barre is more than just a workout, though it does work, but it creates a community outside of the barre.” n

Dr. Jeff McKee, Shannon Moore

Clay & Sherry Buie, Lindsay Lester

April McCord, Kacy Hawkins

Lana & Joe Ritch

Dallas Behrens, Rachel Bray


Matt & Jeanie Cross

Kristina & Mike Holwerda, Meredith & Tate Hansom

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Written by Melissa Gerrish Photos by Steve Babin

Debbie Dodd

Debbie Dodd has been rescuing dogs, cats, horses and other animals all of her life. Feeling she had reached her personal limits of time and funds, she founded A New Leash on Life in 2004. The nonprofit is a unique foster and adoption program for homeless dogs and cats. This allowed her to help even more animals in need. Her work and her organization are nothing short of heroic.

EVENT: Tell us about your work with A New Leash on Life. DD: I always felt that we should value our bonds with the rest of the animal kingdom more and respect all life. I have enjoyed almost every minute of it – helping homeless, injured and neglected pets and the people who love them – and meeting so many incredible humans along the way. I am blessed to have a very supportive group of friends and family who help and encourage my endeavors. A New Leash on Life has been a fulfillment of my dream to make the world a better place for those with no voice.

EVENT: Are you a native or transplant? DD: I moved to Huntsville when I was 10 years old. I attended Jones Valley Elementary, Whitesburg Middle and Huntsville High schools, and then graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering. I came back to Huntsville to work as an engineer but retired from the engineering world in 2015 to focus on helping North Alabama communities achieve no-kill status as soon as possible.

EVENT: What are your goals? DD: To make Alabama a no-kill state, to put an end to shelter deaths – the leading cause of death of our companion animals. So many wonderful pets are killed each week simply because they end up in a shelter without proper marketing to get them out alive.

EVENT: What philanthropic projects are dear to you and why? DD: I am very drawn to helping senior animals. Some have owners who have died and they are lost. Some have never been well cared for and are given up at an older age when vet bills tend to rise. And some are just found, old and sick, and have no one to help them. I cannot turn my back on them and want them to have the best last days, weeks or months they can until it is time to say goodbye. I have fostered many old dogs and cats over the years.


I have one old beagle at home right now that I rescued from the city shelter last year that my daughter named Russell Schubert. He was weak and sick and old – a very bad combination and the vet gave him only one month to live. We were advised to euthanize him after a growth was found in his throat, preventing him from breathing well. But I wanted to give him a week before we made the final decision. The following week was a very positive one for sweet Russell. He started bonding with us and showing signs of a happy dog. He finally got to experience love, good nutrition, and a warm bed, which seemed to make all the difference for him, and he is still thriving today.

We recently had to euthanize a senior cat, Lois Lane, I rescued from the city shelter. She developed bone cancer and was given a month or so to live when I got her, but thrived for almost a year with good vet care, good food and lots of love. When she was healthy enough to send to the vet, we found out she was a neutered male, but we kept calling him Lois.

EVENT: What events does A New Leash on Life have that the local community can be involved in? DD: We have adoption events each week and special events as well. Once a year, in the fall, we have a New Leash birthday party at a brewery. Our 10th birthday was at Straight to Ale, 11th was at Yellowhammer, and our 12th will probably be at Straight to Ale again. We also have four Big White Tent Events per year, where hundreds of pets get adopted in a two-day period. It takes hundreds of men and women to pull these events off, so we could use more of the community’s help. EVENT: How about your family and hobbies? DD: Kids and animals are my main hobbies these days. My daughter, Lauren Kate, is a sophomore at Randolph School. My son, Johnny, is in eighth grade at Huntsville Junior High. I have been married to my husband, David, for 20 years. We have six dogs, four cats and five horses of our own. EVENT: What are your interests? DD: Animals, riding horses, dog behavior and training and working with frightened dogs. e


Greg Carter, Delphia Hill, Carol & Jim Tevepaugh Tim & Nancy Huffaker

Curtis & Cookie Adams

Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Tasting Event Goes Al Fresco in the Arbor


Photos by Isaiah Williams

The Huntsville Botanical Garden invited guests to eat, drink and swing the night away as they celebrated Garden Love –Wine, Beer & Appetizer Tasting on February 18 in the Arbor at the Garden. Attendees enjoyed a wonderful evening of select beverages and specialty appetizers while dancing to the music of the Silvery Moon Band, Huntsville’s premier big band, jazz and swing orchestra.

Roy & Rhiannon Llamas

James & Tamara Huron

The event featured a sampling of local craft brews, delightful reds, crisp whites and seasonal wines. With fare catered by Organic Herbal Cooking, Inc., Elkmont’s Creamery Belle Chevre shared their award-winning French-style goat’s milk cheese. The Fresh Market arranged the flowers and décor as well as providing a cheese specialist who offered a variety of gourmet cheeses. Birmingham’s TrimTab Brewery complimented the event with craft beer. Belle Chevre and The Fresh Market were the event’s main sponsors. n

Joe & Nita Woodson, Jackie & Gerry Myers

Herb & Terry Lewis

Reba Rogers, Carol Casey Emily, Bill & Robin Steely

Curt & Andrea Belshe, Cathy Miller, Gary & Tracy Young


Carolyn & Jim Rountree

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Matt & Eleanor Murray

Susannah Torres, Jennifer Breuer, Shannon Miller, Christa Landingham, Stephanie Walker

Hannah Davis, Olivia & Derek Pirtle, Harsha Koneru, Vaidehi Chintapalli


The American Advertising Awards Name Local Honorees

Photos by Scott Roberts

The American Advertising Awards (ADDYs) of AAF North Alabama were held at Straight to Ale Brewery on February 25, an annual event since the club was formed in 1969.

The American Advertising Federation, a not-for-profit industry association, conducts the American Advertising Awards through its 200 member advertising clubs and 15 districts.

Each year, AAF Chapters across the country have the opportunity to honor one of their own with the Silver Medal Award for outstanding contribution to the field of advertising, to their company, and to the community. It is the highest honor awarded by the club. This year’s winner was Jennifer Breuer, creator of Rocket City Mom.

Bill Talley, Louie Robinett, Maureen Euto, Valerie Piette, Bob Benton, Sam Anderson

The Lifetime Achievement Award was also awarded to Hundley Batts Sr., owner of Broadcast One, for outstanding contributions to advertising, furthering the industry’s standards and creative excellence.

Sponsors of the event were Colonial Printing, AL.com, Mix 96.9, Redstone Federal Credit Union and AVO. n

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Karen & Michael Kilpatrick

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Exquisite Painted Violins Unveiled at Preview Reception

Debbie Washburn, Gregory Vajda

Anne & George Lewis


Photos by Steve Babin

The unveiling reception of beautiful painted violins by Bela Fleck and Sara Beth Fair was an event of February 4 at Servis1st Bank. Attendees got the first look at the instruments to be auctioned at the Crescen-Dough Auction on April 15.

Servis1st Bank, Presenting Sponsor of the Crescen-Dough Auction, has hosted the unveiling reception for the past 6 years. Flowers and décor were arranged by In Bloom while Ashley Carlton catered the event. Guests were entertained by the String Quartet from the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

Andy Kattos, President of Servis1st Bank was on hand to welcome guests who included Maestro Gregory Vajda, Conductor of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra; Clare Grisham, 2016 Auction Chair; Valerie Brown, 2016 Auction Co-Chair; Debbie Washburn, President of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Guild; and Patrick Robbins, President of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees. n

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Sara Batson, Sara Beth Fair


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Rob & Linda Akenhead, Middie & Tommy Thompson

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Written by Hannah Weir Photos by Steve Babin In this vast and complicated life, the world is lucky enough to have souls that make our home a more magnificent place. Amongst those are artists, authors, volunteers, parents and advocates. Rare is the existence of a person that encompasses all of these qualities. Huntsville is home to one, Stephanie Weaver.

Stephanie, a Kentucky native, briefly lived in Atlanta, and eventually relocated to Huntsville in 2007. She studied business at the University of Mississippi and received her Masters from Auburn University. Recently, she began offering her services to the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. The GHHS commissioned her to paint a piece featuring Braxton the Yorkie, which was auctioned at the Dog Ball this year. “Cat in the Snow” 11x14 Oil on canvas

“Black Lab” 11x14 Oil on Canvas

I think God has a plan for my art career; I’ll just keep doing the best I can, look for ways to get better, learn from others and figure out how I can do something meaningful with this ability.

EVENT: How do you use your blog as a tool to teach others? Are you interested in teaching art classes locally? SW: My blog, GrinningLikeAnIdiot.com is another creative outlet; I have videos and written tutorials on how to do a variety of things – things that make me happy and if they make me happy, surely someone else will like them!

I’m interested in teaching art in a way that I haven’t found in Huntsville; I want to create a group of artists, at all skill levels, who want to get together and paint to learn from each other. In Atlanta I went to a group like this and I looked forward to it every week. I want to create that in Huntsville. If anyone is interested, I need five adults to start!

EVENT: What is your favorite subject to paint? What piece are you most proud of and why? SW: By far, my favorite subjects to paint are dogs and cats! You can tell by their eyes whether the dog is sad, guilty, happy, mischievous or scared. Their eyes give away their personality. When I do a pet portrait I ask two things: Tell me about your pet. What colors are in the room where the pet portrait will be displayed?

“What are you looking at?” 20 x 24 Oil on canvas

With the answers to these two questions I’ll think about the pet, their personality and their colors the whole time I paint so that I can project those feelings and colors into the painting. I know it sounds odd, but it works!

“Dutch” 11x14 Oil on Canvas

The piece I’m most proud of is of the Collie in this article. I painted him as a gift for one of my sorority sisters who was fighting breast cancer, to help bring a smile to her face. She lost the battle to cancer but the dog and the painting remain with her sister.

EVENT: In what ways do you plan to use your talents to give back to the community? How do you feel that your work can bring joy and inspire people? SW: Art, when it is personalized and done well, brings back happy memories of their pets and is inspiring in itself! I’m constantly looking for a way to give back to Huntsville with my time and talent.


“Collie” Oil on Canvas

EVENT: What led you to become involved with the Greater Huntsville Humane Society? SW: I was accepted to the Monte Sano Arts Festival in 2015 and one of the GHHS leaders saw my painting of our dog, Sophie. I asked if I could help and they mentioned the GHHS Dog Ball Silent Auction. In January, I saw a posting on Facebook about the GHHS Dog Ball and I arranged to donate a pet portrait for the auction.

EVENT: Do you have plans to further your work with this organization? SW: I believe there are three things we can give of ourselves: time, talent or treasure (money). I know it takes a lot of time and money to keep pets safe, happy and healthy until they are with their new families and I’d love to do more to help a GHHS no-kill animal shelter! We’re brainstorming about how we can use my talent and time to help monetarily.

EVENT: How did you begin your artistic career? Did you realize that art would become more than just an outlet to you? SW: I started painting in 2001 because I needed a creative outlet from a very stressful job. It wasn’t until 2014 when my husband was deployed that my art career started. We decided the best way I could serve our two kids was leave my job as a project manager. But, I stayed busy with art, writing my blog and an ebook, “How to Become a Stay-at-Home Mom: Planning and Preparation Guide.” But that wasn’t enough: I joined Huntsville Art League and started showing in their gallery at Lowe Mill, joined Daughter’s of American Revolution (DAR), and reached out to another artist, Alex Maciel at Redstone Arsenal, to paint with and sell art at the PX.


Calendar of Events

May 5


Katrina Weber Art Exhibit & Reception 5 – 8 p.m. The Little Green Store and Gallery 820 Monte Sano Boulevard Huntsville, AL 35801 Join us to meet artist Katrina Weber. Katrina has been a part of TLGS since 2008 and we are so excited to have an exhibit of her beautiful work. Mark your calendars and tell your friends – this is an event you don’t want to miss!


Open Air Market 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. North Parking Lot 2211 Seminole Dr SW Huntsville, AL 35805 Join us for the first season of Lowe Mill’s Open Air Market! Shop local farmers, artisans, and makers for organic vegetables, handmade jams jellies and cheeses, and more – all of which have been produced within 125 miles of Lowe Mill. This community event will be held in the North Parking Lot of Lowe Mill from April to October and is free to the public.



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Good Day Kid’s Festival 12 – 4 p.m. Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment 2211 Seminole Dr., SW Huntsville, AL 35805 Rocket City Mom is turning 5-years old and we are throwing a bash on the East lawn: more balloon poppin’, candle blowin’, and moon bouncin’ than the law allows. Piñatas, tails on donkeys, and a massive NERF battle for all those NERF warriors who can bring their own launchers and ammo. Live music, theatrical performance and martial arts demos will be included at this party for all ages! All proceeds will benefit our future. A $5 parking donation is kindly suggested.



Huntsville Classic Dinner and Concert 5:30 – 11 p.m. Von Braun Center - Propst Arena Join us for a special performance by Earth, Wind and Fire, America’s seventh top-selling musical group of all-time. Tickets can be purchased via ticketmaster.com and at the VBC Box Office. Show-only tickets are $50 for lower and $45 for upper level seats. Performance begins at 8:30. Friday Night Art Walk 5 – 8 p.m. Downtown Square




American Cancer Society Relay For Life 4 – 10 p.m. Huntsville Junior High School 3 817 Adams Street, SW Huntsville, AL 35801 This year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life, or Rocket City Relay, will be spacethemed. The sky is the limit on t-shirt and campsite designs. We will have the Survivor Lap, Caregiver Lap and Luminaries ceremony. This year, we’ll also have food trucks, Kid Zone, lip-sync battles, selfie-scavenger hunt and trivial 4 pursuit, plus a few surprises. Join us at this year’s Rocket City Relay to raise money for ACS. Margs at the Museum 6 p.m. Huntsville Museum of Art Cocktail reception with Free Margaritas Live music, Cash Bar (Beer and Wine) Membership Discounts, Raffles and Prizes www.hsvmuseum.org

Taste the Spirit of Madison 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Insanity Complex 100 Skate Park Dr Madison AL, 35758 Join the Madison Chamber of Commerce in a FREE festival showcasing the best food trucks, shops, businesses, and music Madison has to offer. Fun for the whole family features face painting, backyard olympics and a dunk tank for a chance to dunk some of Madison’s VIPs. www.madisonalchamber.com Bites and Brews 6 – 10 p.m. Insanity Complex 100 Skate Park Dr Madison AL, 35758 Join the Madison Chamber of Commerce for a food tasting showcasing the best foods and craft brews Madison has to offer. Bites and Brews brings together food from the trendiest new restaurants to old favorites and the best brews for local breweries for a fun filled evening the entire family can enjoy. www.madisonalchamber.com

A Night in the Garden-CASA of Madison County 6 – 8 p.m. CASA Community Garden 4725 Bob Wallace Ave Huntsville, AL 35805 Enjoy an evening under the stars while benefiting CASA (Care Assurance System for Aging and Homebound) of Madison County. Presented by The Huntsville Times/AL.com, this promises to be an enchanting evening of live music, feasting, wine and beer tastings, cooking demonstrations, a live auction, and tours of the CASA Community Garden. Tickets can be purchased at the CASA Office, or online at casamadisoncty.org

Relay for Life of North Madison County 2 – 10 p.m. Hazel Green High School Join local volunteers and participants from the community to take action to save more lives from cancer. The opening ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and includes a special Survivors and Caregivers Lap. A Luminaria Ceremony to honor cancer survivors and remember those lost to cancer is at 8 p.m. Closing ceremony is at 10 p.m. Visit relayforlife.org to learn more.

Party in the Park 6 – 10:30 p.m. Jackson Center You’re invited to Party in the Park, a new event benefiting Madison Hospital! Join us for good food, bourbon and beer tastings, fun games and more! For questions or sponsorship information, contact Lindsey Wilson at 256.265.8077 or lindsey.wilson@hhsys.org.



Epic Comedy Hour 8 – 10 p.m. Flying Monkey Theatre at Lowe Mill Epic Comedy Hour is a monthly standup comedy show. It’s $8, BYOB, and features standup comedians from all over the country!

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Soles Dance Center presents “Shake the Ground” - 5th Annual Recital 7:30 p.m. Von Braun Center, Concert Hall

Voices of Our Times: Bunny Williams “Make your House and Garden Come Alive” 11:30 a.m. Huntsville Museum of Art hsvmuseum.org

Open Air Market 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. North Parking Lot, 2211 Seminole Dr SW Huntsville, AL 35805 Join us for the first season of Lowe Mill’s Open Air Market! Shop local farmers, artisans, and makers for your organic vegetables, handmade jams jellies and cheeses, and more all of which have been produced within 125 miles of Lowe Mill. This community event will be held in the North Parking Lot of Lowe Mill from April to October and is free to the public.




The skies are blue, downtown is bustling and the aroma of fresh BBQ fills the crisp air! Summer is right around the corner and that means it is time to start prepping the perfect wardrobe! This season, white is the go-to transition color and looks especially amazing on a glistening summer glow. Lace, mesh and crochet-like textures breathe nicely in the mid-summer heat and are a beautiful way to show some skin while maintaining a look of elegance and class.

Styles such as rompers, wrap dresses, crop tops and maxi-skirts guarantee a fashion forward and comfortable look that can you can easily take from day to night. Make heads turn with unique floral patterns that suit your coloring, and don’t forget to accessorize!

Make it a priority this season to invest in a pair of neutral strappy sandals and choose a lace-up or fringe style for an extra element of fun. Select a wedge or block heel height that works with your lifestyle and, voila, you will have a versatile shoe to create the perfect finish to any summer ensemble. If you haven’t had the time to visit your local boutiques now is the time to shop these stylish pieces and more!

Written by Brooke Lehman of Federal Fashionista Styling Photos by Johnny Miller Photography Model: Victoria Henley (@victoriahenley, facebook.com/quirkyvictoriafanpage) Make up: Transformations by Erin Styled by: Stephon Kelly and Jordan Naves, assistant Hair: Troy Nixon of nXn Salon

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Joe Radcliffe, Brent Morgan

Megan & Randy Cohen

Buddy with Marilyn Valentine

All Pups Adopted at Puparazzi!


Photos by Danielle Adamek

The Greater Huntsville Humane Society celebrated the 27th Annual Dog Ball On February 5 at the Von Braun Center’s South Hall. This year’s theme? What else? Puparazzi!

The purpose of the event is to raise operating dollars for the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. The VBC catered the event while Brent Morgan entertained guests. Live and silent auctions featured donated items and services by generous donors throughout the area. Attendees could also win tickets to the 2017 Westminster Dog Show.

Christopher Doyle, Nicole Gaines, with Maggie, Bruce Willis

Venus Tomlin, Buffie Gibbons with Luna

Rey and Cynthia Almodovar were the Honorary Chairs. Event Chairman Jennifer Muse was pleased to report, “Five shelter dogs were shown at the ball and all were adopted.” Top sponsors of the Dog Ball were Gina and Don Miller as well as Qualis Corporation. n

Rob Adams, Tia Wheeler, Cynthia & Rey Almodovar

Audra Rutter with Truman, Linda Presley, Venus Tomlin

Marilyn Schild, Diane Strickland, Frances Huffman, Bill & Becky Quinn, Mary Ellen Peters


Cindy Burger, Kenny Davis, Linda Soule

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Kelsey Yates, Andrew Grant

Street Scene EarlyWorks Bunny Brunch and Egg Hunt

The EarlyWorks Society celebrated its annual Bunny Brunch and Egg Hunt March 19 with almost 400 attending.

The brunches were held in the Children’s Museum Grand Hall and the egg hunt, which included 4,000 hidden candy-filled eggs, was at Constitution Village. Sherriff Dorning dressed as the Easter Bunny and posed for photos at the brunch. n

Huntsville Museum of Art’s Gala Luncheon The Huntsville Museum of Art Gala kicked off its 25th annual festivities March 1 with a luncheon featuring textile artist Rebecca Vizard as the keynote speaker. Raised in Louisiana, Vizard is celebrated for her innovative use of rare antique. A favorite of designers and a discerning public, her pillows and accessories adorn some of America’s finest homes.

Following her presentation and lunch catered by Narvell, Vizard signed her most recent book, Once Upon a Pillow. n



Yellowhammer Brewing Ribbon Cutting Photos by Todd Stephenson

Yellowhammer Brewing held its official ribbon cutting with Progress Bank and the Chamber of Commerce for Huntsville/ Madison County on March 7, followed by a reception inside the new location at Campus 805. The public was invited to attend. $2 from every pint during the reception was donated to the Food Bank of North Alabama. The event raised $490 to benefit the food bank. n

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Huntsville Happenings Written by Judy S. Ryals, Pres./CEO Huntsville/Madison County

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It’s time to get out and enjoy our community. The Purdy Butterfly House at the Huntsville Botanical Garden will be alive with a kaleidoscope of colors and fluttering wings. Visit Houses, Huts & Habitats for a fun look at various types of living structures throughout the Garden this summer. Bask in the beauty of the season at the Garden.

The creative staff of Burritt on the Mountain has done it again! The Whimsical and Woolly Woods is their wondrous summer activity designed for children ages 3-11 to step back in time and open up their imaginations. It’s also time to enjoy the breathtaking view while savoring the outstanding musical offerings at several upcoming performances during their City Lights & Stars Concert Series.

The annual Cotton Row Run is on Memorial Day, May 30. Participate in this 10K event or cheer the runners on during their ambitious trek. Running, or even watching, can really build up an appetite. Check out Dine & Dash every second Wednesday through September, Biergarten at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center on Thursdays and the Downtown Dish Food Tour on Saturdays. Sample some local brews and food on the Beer Hop on the last Thursday of every month. We have so many tasty options for delicious dining and responsible sampling of outstanding locally-crafted libations.

Take advantage of the fresh produce at the local farmers markets including the Greene Street Market at Nativity on Thursday nights and the Madison City Farmers Market at Trinity Baptist Church on Hughes Road on Saturday mornings. Downtown Huntsville is the place to be for lots of activities this spring and summer. Street Food Gatherings will be held every third Friday of the month through October. Maypril on the Square brings live music to downtown Huntsville every Thursday night through May 26. Have you found all 14 ducks in the Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt yet? Come by the Visitor Center or visit our website www.huntsville.org for the clues for this fun, free and healthy activity.

Catch Concerts on the Dock, the Open-Air and Artists Markets on Saturdays and all the other activities at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Visit the Huntsville Museum of Art and check out the Contemporary Southern Masters, William Christenberry and Folk Couture exhibits while you can. The Family Fun Festival and Expo will be held in the Von Braun Center on June 11. The next week, NASA Day in Big Spring International Park will be June 18. Don’t miss these great family-friendly activities. Taste the Spirit of Madison, sponsored by the Madison Chamber of Commerce, is another great family fun festival that will be held at the Insanity Complex on June 4.

Head out to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to experience Summer Smart Play. This hands-on educational exhibit leads guests on a discovery of the forces of nature and energy. This fascinating and fun exhibit is only here through July 25. The Space Center also has one of the most spectacular 4th of July fireworks shows in the country. Make plans now to celebrate Independence Day. Get your tickets now for “A Totally 80s Concert in Shuttle Park” on July 16, to mark the 30th anniversary of the movie Space Camp. Whatever your interests, there are bound to be activities that you will enjoy. Don’t forget to visit our website www.huntsville.org for the CVB’s calendar of events. There is so much to see and do! n



Tracy & George Jones

Jennifer & Paul Avenel

Jim Knaur, Mary Ashlyn Knaur, Kurt Lessmann

Jon Cunha, Ed Ragsdale

Porsche Unveils Innovative New 911

Photos by Steve Babin


Porsche of Huntsville threw a launch party and unveiling of the iconic 2017 Porsche 911 at their state-of-the-art dealership on Thursday, March 24.

Porsche celebrates new designs launched on a regular basis. On hand to greet the assemblage were George and Tracy Jones and the staff of Porsche of Huntsville. Guests feasted on fare catered by Lyn’s Gracious Goodness. Andie Gaskins arranged flowers for the party. The event garnered an impressive turnout with a larger-than-expected attendance, including Porsche club members and local enthusiasts, all eager to for a peek at the evolution of the exciting vehicle. The 2017 model boasts even more power and fuel efficiency than its predecessor. n

Linda & Ric Patterson, Mark Fry, Rick & Donna Bryant

Brad Cardwell, Joseph Scott, Todd Stephenson, Matt Stearns

Kevin McAbee, Trevor MacDonald, Amy McAbee


Earl, Rose & Matt Freeman, Frank Smith

Teresa Edmondson, Steven Childers, Karen & Brendan Kelly

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