A night at the cabaret

BIG RAPIDS – Music, smiles and laughs filled the air at Voca Lyrica’s Cabaret fundraiser on Saturday.

“We are trying to raise money for our operating budget,” said Cabaret Artistic Director Jeanna Lamar before the show. “We haven’t done a cabaret in five years, so we thought it was time to do one again. Hopefully we can make a good profit from it to help our organization.”

The event brought in more than $7,000 from ticket sales alone for the women’s singing group.

SING: Suzette Compton, Cabaret co-chair and Voca Lyrica vice president, sings during the opening act of the Cabaret performance. The event raised more than $7,000 toward Voca Lyrica’s operating budget.

SING: Suzette Compton, Cabaret co-chair and Voca Lyrica vice president, sings during the opening act of the Cabaret performance. The event raised more than $7,000 toward Voca Lyrica’s operating budget.

SILENT AUCTION: Earl Johnson browses the items at the silent auction during Voca Lyrica’s Cabaret fundraiser on Saturday. (Pioneer photo/Miranda Roberts)

SILENT AUCTION: Earl Johnson browses the items at the silent auction during Voca Lyrica’s Cabaret fundraiser on Saturday. (Pioneer photo/Miranda Roberts)

“We sold more tickets than we thought we had sold,” said Suzette Compton, Cabaret co-chair and Voca Lyrica vice president, adding she was happy with the turnout. “We will probably do another one every couple of years.”

The Cabaret, held at Falcon Head Golf Course, featured entertainment, a cash bar, dinner and dozens of silent auction items, including a night out at the Grand Rapids Symphony,  gift certificates, Vera Bradley accessories, a massage session certificate, jewelry,bottles of wine, an overnight stay at the Traverse City Villa, 18 holes of golf at Falcon Head and more.

Attendees were excited to spend the evening with friends and enjoying local talent.

“Some of the people in the ensemble are from Canadian Lakes and they are in the Players,” said Liz Dean. “We are in the Players, too, and we try to back them up. I also dragged my daughter and daughter-in-law along.”

“We had the winter blahs,” added Norma McDonald. “We wanted something to perk us up.”

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