I love you Hartford and all that you do when it comes to raising money for causes by throwing lavish galas and parties.
But have to say, it was a whole different experience in Palm Beach, FL as its “season” began this past weekend. But still with some Hartford ties.
Long story short, I was invited by CT radio great, Dick Robinson, who, if you don’t know him, was a dj turned radio exec here in CT and is still a savvy radio and tv businessman who is wheeling and dealing from his home there these days. Robinson also owns the Connecticut School of Broadcasting schools along the eastern seaboard and is also the brain behind “American Standards by the Sea”, a two-hour internationally syndicated tv show and radio show broadcast each week from his 70 ft. Hatteras motor yacht – “Airwaves.”
“The Lady in Red” Gala” (Lucien Capehart Photography of Trump, Pope, Leno and Robinson) was the ”season’s” opening gala, held at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, complete with a guest list that included “The Donald” himself, comic and talk show host Jay Leno, legendary comic Marty Allen and in the “what-a-small-world-category,” former Bushnell executive director Doug Evans.
Lois Pope, widow of National Enquirer founder Generoso Pope, and her ”Lois Pope Life Center” hosted the gala that this year benefited the American Humane Association with Robinson and his wife, Sally, serving as co-chairs.
And while I was technically off the job couldn’t resist posing a few questions, learning along the way that Trump thinks the Courant is ”a good paper” and Leno’s brother lives in Connecticut, and Evans, still keeps his hands in things in Connecticut by doing a segment each week on WDRC, and prepares to make yet another career move.
Thanks to the Robinsons, Helen, Craig, Kathy Faber, Rob Russell, and all of you. Too much fun!