Social Scene | November 2022

The Marion Cultural Alliance’s 15th annual Applaud the Arts gala on October 8th at the Reilly Arts Center had the theme of A Whimsical Wonderland and included several people dressed as characters from the beloved classic Alice in Wonderland. 

Photo by Bruce Ackerman
Pictured from left, Lucia Hall as the Cheshire Cat, Wesley Yates as the Mad Hatter and Olivia Heredia as Alice.

Arnette House Regatta
Lake Weir
Photos by Alan Youngblood

Ten handmade vessels participated in the September 10th fundraising event at the Carney Island Recreation & Conservation Area. The nonprofit Arnette House provides emergency shelter, family counseling and more for at-risk youth and their families.

Cheryl and Luke Lasaga
David Ulloa and Crystal Westman
Crystal Westman
Cheri Pettit
Alexis Brandies

Ocala ComicCon
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

Many of the guests at this annual event, held September 17th and 18th, were attired in imaginative and colorful costumes. The gathering featured cosplaying, gaming and panels, with guest appearances by noted actors, creators and directors.


Sam Speicher, Syreeta Moore and Olivia Thomas
Evelyn O’Connor, Zadie Whitley and Marc Perlas
Cee Champion
Alayna and Laci Harbiston
Joshua Knowles and Elijah Baker

Give4Marion Celebration
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

On September 21st, at the end of the 33-hour fundraising event, Lauren Deiorio, president/executive director of the Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County, announced that 2,537 donors had contributed a record-breaking $771,075 for area nonprofits.

Lisa Patterson and Tanya Walters
Tylus and Jennifer Chatterton
Bob Kennedy, Lisa Kennedy, Lauren Deiorio, Frank DeLuca and Angela Grace
Stephanie and Greg Harrell
Ashley Wheeler-Gerds

Applaud the Arts
Photos by Bruce Ackerman

The Marion Cultural Alliance’s 15th annual event, held October 8th, had a theme of A Whimsical Wonderland, based on Alice In Wonderland, and included the announcement of MCA’s newest Cultural Grant and Arts Awards Recipients.

Laura Fowler, Greg Thompson, Craig Lily, Victoria Billig, Pamela Calero Wardell and Matthew Wardell
Lisa Midgett, Isaiah Pepper and Phil Olstein
Jaye Baillie
Trish Kilgore
Geraldo Rodriguez, Xochi Smith and Mel Fiorentino
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