Social Scene June 2022

Hannah Harper spends some time backstage with Molly during the Molly’s Law Documentary premiere at the Marion Theatre in Ocala on Sunday, April 24th.

Molly’s Law Documentary Premiere
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The story of Molly, a dog who was beaten and stabbed, led to the formation of Molly’s Law, also known as the Marion County Animal Abuser Registry, which has become a national model. Molly, of course, was the star of the show at the premiere.

Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn, Lilly Baron and Molly
Maggie Weakley, Mary Emery and Mark Emery
Jackie Barrett, Mark Barrett and Joe DiOrio
Debbie Darino, Lilly Baron and Peggy Hoyt
April LeSage, Leslie Hinson, Debbie Wabbersen and Jaye Perrett

We Go Together Celebrity Dinner
Photos by Cynthia Wilson-Graham

Chris Nikic, the first person with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman Triathlon, was one of the special guests at the “Grease”-themed fundraiser for Champions for Champions. The event, held April 8th, featured a performance by Victoria Sexton.

Back row: Kaitlin Anderson, Casana Fink, Kirsten Regalado, Alicia Tullo, Jeanette Benedicto,
Bridget Bryant, Daytona Bregenhardt, Roxy Hodzic, Adrienne Bunn, Chris Nikic, Sora Kang,
Mary Jane Lyons, 2nd row: Jasmine, Scarlett and Vaughn Hodzic, Seated: Jasper Roman
Alex Dillard and Shawn Warden
Mateo Villon and Victoria Sexton
Emily Bunn and June Bunn


Levitt AMP Concert
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The April 22nd concert, with headliners Davina and the Vagabonds, kicked off the 10-show series. The events are a partnership of the City of Ocala and Marion Cultural Alliance and include local vendors and area charities—and lots of people dancing.

Glen Squire Sr. and James Allen
Kinzley Kelly and Araya Kelly
Sandy Downing and Brenda Dukes
Juan Diego and Susana Diego
Valarie and Lewis Sims

Earthfest: Celebrate Arbor Day
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

There was plenty of fun to be had on April 23rd, including a youth fishing derby, tree and rock wall climbing, entertainment, food trucks and other vendors, tree giveaways and other activities, all to celebrate our beautiful natural environment.

Paisley Grafing, Eli Grafing and Konner Sweatt
Killian Brownell and Isaiah Crumpton
Tracy Shepler and Tracy Chinn
Elizabeth Vanderford and Deana Calcote
Cameron Bordner, Dallina Negron and Mason Roman

Behind The Mask
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

Behind the Mask: An Evening of Enchantment, held April 25th, featured Broadway star Grant Norman, who played the Beast and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and included French delicacies, signature cocktails, champagne and beastly-yet-beautiful surprises.

Dan and Cassidy Murray
Laurie Zink, Grant Norman, Victoria Sexton and Bill Doherty
McKenzie Todd, Lena Modders and Kaylee Todd
Naida and Frank Rasbury
Linda Harn and Jacqua Ballas

Off To The Races Fundraiser
Photos courtesy Grace Christian School

The annual auction fundraiser hosted by Grace Christian School had a Kentucky Derby theme, carried out through a hat and bow tie contest. The April 30th soiree, which included live and silent auctions, raffles and entertainment, raised $110,000 for the school, which serves students from pre-K through eighth grade.

Joe Johnson and Garla Johnson
Brittany Batsel and Rob Batsel
Jamie Hampy, Darryl Hampy, Mike Kurbanick,
Kim Kurbanick, Sue Keuntjes and Randy Keuntjes
David Moreno, Dagny Moreno, Bart Rowland and Kristy Rowland


Ladies High Tea
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

It was all about flowers, fine china, fun and fundraising for the sixth annual event, which was hosted by Interfaith Emergency Services CEO Karla Grimsley-Greenway. The proceeds, $40,409, will benefit Interfaith’s Homeless Shelter Program for women, children and families.

Karin Nicely, Catrina Hajal, Elizabeth Wallace and Kaley Wallace
Michelle Dinkins, center, holds the Golden Teapot Award as she poses with members of her table
Julie Roy, Carolyn Phillips, Diane Irwin and Maria Roman
Karla Grimsley-Greenway
and Amy Lord

Festivals of Speed
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

More than 200 automobiles, ranging from luxury sedans to high-powered muscle cars, were the center of attention on May 7th. The show kicked off May 6th with a special cocktail event. Both days included top-line vendors and a lot of highly polished chrome.

Shannon, Charles and Savannah McNulty
Pauline and Gary Hartogh
Daniel Hart, Reid Scale, Michael Hart, Robert Hart, Sarah Hart, Allison Hart and Elizabeth Hart
Claire Rogers

Symphony Under The Stars
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

This annual Ocala tradition, hosted by Fine Arts For Ocala and showcasing the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, is always a Mother’s Day favorite. The May 8th gathering drew hundreds of people and lots of oohs and aahs for the fireworks.

Evan Popielski, Elena DePalma, and Isla DePalma, Kaja Popielski,
Christina DePalma, Daphne DePalma and Sandra Keller
Amanda and Sadie Lane
Colton Hunt, Joanne Gunning and Joe Gunning
Natalia Giltner, Isabell Scott and Wayne Walker
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