WILLCOX — Saturday night was filled with glitz and glamor as the stars took to the red carpet for the annual shindog fund-raiser for the Willcox Historic Theater and Arts.
This year, the theme of the Red Carpet Shindig was Americana, celebrating everything from the iconic cowboy to hamburgers and apple pie. Locals from within the community dressed up as historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln as well as actors.
Shirley Temple, who was portrayed by Arya White, won the celebrity contest as she tap-danced on stage with master of ceremonies Eddie Browning.
This year, the live auction made roughly $3,000 more than last, generating about $16,200 to help fund the theater’s youth activities, STEM classes and live performances.
The one mishap of the evening occurred when the electrical in the building made it difficult for the staff to cook the dinner, making it impossible for the kitchen crew to be able to serve half of the audience. However, the theater crew persevered, and everyone was fed before the end of the evening.
“It was pretty stressful for the kitchen folks. I will just say the server kids, Gary, and Nicky, and the kids they were helping, they did a tremendous job. We told them we would be done by 8 p.m. and, obviously, it took much longer than that. But they stayed there like troopers and did an excellent job. I can’t praise them high enough,” said Gayle Berry, director of Historic Willcox Theater. “The theme, Americana, seemed to have so much scope for celebrities. You have 200-plus years of history, so you have celebrities all over the place. It just clicked. I’d love to give a heartfelt thanks from all of us on the shindig committee for the support from WiIlcox and the Willcox community. We hope everyone had a great time, and we’re going to start on next year’s event.”
As a special treat, Corinne Stout was invited to this year’s celebration as an authentic Rosie the Riveter. Corinne worked on planes during World War II. Berry had met Stout, a Willcox local, several years before and invited her to the event as a special guest. Stout received a standing ovation, and several individuals asked for her autograph.