Tribune Print Share Text

Ninth annual gala

Highland Springs celebrates music through the ages

Created date

November 24th, 2015
Eric and Carolyn Sperling enjoy their first gala
Eric and Carolyn Sperling enjoy their first gala

Highland Springs struck a high note at this year’s ninth annual gala.

The event featured an evening of fine dining, live music, dancing, and a silent auction to raise money for the community’s Resident Care Fund.

This year’s theme, “Music Through the Ages,” gave partygoers a sampling of hit songs from decades past.

‘A night out’

The evening opened with a cocktail party in the community’s newest residence building, Willow Ridge. This was the first gala for many Willow Ridge residents, including Eric and Carolyn Sperling, who moved to the North Dallas community from Rockwall.

“I’m glad we saved some of our fancier clothes when we moved,” says Eric. “We didn’t know we would have a chance to dress up and enjoy a night out at Highland Springs.”

After guests sipped a specialty Champagne drink, a “Crescendo, ” and nibbled on hors d’oeuvres, they moved over to the Hillcrest Clubhouse for dinner and dancing.

The evening’s menu featured herb-crusted Alaskan halibut and bacon-wrapped petite filet mignon with white Serrano and cilantro sauce, followed by a marbled chocolate tulip cup filled with chocolate mousse.

Sinatra tribute

Highland Springs resident Jack Melick and his orchestra provided live entertainment in Chisholm’s Restaurant, while the Bill G Band entertained guests in the Cotton Belt Café.

After dinner, guests hit the dance floor to tunes from the big band era. To commemorate what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday this year, Jack Melick and his orchestra played several hits from Ol’ Blue Eyes.

“I had the privilege of playing for Frank Sinatra at the Sultan’s Table in Las Vegas in the 1960s,” says Jack. “He was performing at the Dunes Hotel, and he would have dinner at Sultan’s Table at least twice during each engagement. I played the piano on a turntable in the middle of the restaurant. Every time I saw him walk in, I’d start playing “Nancy with the Laughing Face” [a song performed at little Nancy Sinatra’s birthday party]. He raised his hand in acknowledgement each time.”

Dancing the night away

Joe Kreideweis moved to Highland Springs eight years ago from Florida. He was a fixture on the dance floor at the gala, remarkable because he’s celebrating his own centennial this year. Joe turned 100 on October 11, 2015.

“I love big band music,” says Joe. “When I was a teen, I made some extra money singing three nights a week in Union, N.J. Now here I am, still dancing to that same music.”

This year’s gala raised over $18,000 for the Resident Care Fund, which ensures that a resident never has to leave the community for financial reasons. Should a resident’s finances change for reasons beyond their control, Highland Springs’ home for life commitment provides several options to protect their future. The Residence and Care Agreement has complete details.

Comments