Gala Under the Star!

Gala Under the Star!

Kansas City
Saturday, December 14, 2019 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Kansas City Section's Gala Under the Star! returned to the Hereford House in Leawood with Ann Mellina and Rich Carlson co-hosting the annual holiday banquet. This year's event featured a fun and amazing evening of comedy and magic from illusionist "Korso" and a special guest apperance of the KC Section's MBCA high octane gas pump accompanied by a working Milton driveway bell and hose (kids, ask your parents).

And because nothing says Gala Under the Star! like road construction, guests posed with MBCA KC Section highway barricades, flashing amber lights, high-visibility vests and hard hats. An assortment of gag headpieces, glasses, holiday light necklaces, and illuminated big red noses rounded out the photo props.

We also enjoyed a fine dinner and made the following presentations: December membership anniversaries to Steve Edwards (5 years) and Joe Weinrich (20 years). For service to the section in 2019, Vice President Ann Mellina took the VIVP (Very Important Vice President) award, Treasurer John Ryan captured the Chancellor of the Exchequer award, and Secretary Mark Moody went home with the Triple Play award (service as section secretary, photographer and newsletter editor). Member Ken Meisner was (very) belatedly presented with a 1st Place, Vintage SL class award from a distant Oktoberfest concours d'elegance for his immaculate 1969 280SL. Long story.

Joyce and Dudley Smith took the section's Event of the Year award for their work hosting the spectacular 2-day Flint Hills Tour and Rallye in September, and Martha Steele and Steve Edwards took home the Party Planners Extraordinaire award for their invaluable assistance with Gala planning, set up and tear down. Finally, the MBCA Member of the Year award for 2019 went to the very deserving Kevin Arburn.

Special thanks to Aristocrat Motors and Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City for their generous Gala sponsorship.

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