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Asolo’s Halo Luncheon also celebrates its 50th anniversary

Happy 50th birthday, Asolo Rep! Even though the performing arts company is now old enough for AARP membership, it isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

The energy at Monday’s annual Halo Luncheon proved that. The full house at Michael’s on East gathered to celebrate the milestone year and to honor the Asolo Angels and the Theatre Guild.

Betty Morris chaired the luncheon and program chair and Asolo actress Carolyn Michel assembled a hit parade of talent, including David Howard, Howard Millman, Sharon Spelman and Brad Wallace. Of course, artistic director Michael Donald Edwards also had a chance at the podium to give thanks to the support organizations.

David Howard, starring in “Visiting Mr. Green” at the Historic Asolo, was joined by his wife, Anne. Both were still glowing about the new Manatee Community College theater that was recently named for the couple.

The “only from the Asolo” raffle featured volunteers walking through the pre-luncheon crowd, modeling some of the elaborate headpieces used in past productions and selling tickets to win the hats. Wouldn’t it be fun if the winners wore them to the 50th Anniversary gala to be held Feb. 28?

Local faces in the crowd included Terry Romine and his wife, Susan, Myra Choate, Gudrun and Peter Bennett and Peggy Gause.