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‘Paint’ raises $32,500

Last week’s Paint the Town Red event raised about $32,500 for the American Red Cross, organizers reported this week.

“I think everybody had a great time,” said Roxanne Kohlman of the Red Cross.

Held at the Hilton Garden Inn on East Constance Road, the event featured dinner, silent and live auctions and “waiter challenges,” one of which involved waiters catching ping-pong balls in boxes.

Waiter sold “paint pulls” for prizes and collected tips. Waiter Kristin Crowley of WTKR and her daughter, Veronica, collected the most money and dethroned the former champion, Suffolk Mayor Linda T. Johnson, who was unable to be at this year’s event.

Other waiters this year included “Waiter Wrangler” Charlie King, Rock Girl Jordan from FM99, Ashley Smith of WVEC, Mrs. Virginia International 2014 Cheryl Nelson, and locals Bob Barton of Beach Ford, Gail Williams of SunTrust Bank, Vice Mayor Charles Brown, City Councilman Roger Fawcett, Adam Goldblatt from Monarch Bank, Mary Riddick of Prudential Towne Realty and Jesse Johnson.

The host was Vanessa Coria of WVEC. City Councilman Mike Duman was the auctioneer, and Ellen Drames from Rose and Womble Realty tended the bar.

Kohlman thanked the event’s sponsors, including Ferguson Enterprises, BayPort Credit Union and QVC. The Hot House Band played for the crowd and Copico printed the programs.

“I would really like to thank Green Mountain,” Kohlman said. “They did a wonderful coffee bar for us.”

For more information on the local chapter of the American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org/va/norfolk.