Last Song “Flip Flop” Gala

Here on Tybee – The Last Song “Flip-Flop” Gala Delights Locals!
Report by Susan Kelleher

“The Last Song” pre-movie party was a huge success, the volunteers did a great job with only minimal training, Randy Smith provided fabulous music, the crowd really enjoyed themselves a lot. Shelly Ainsworth and Tina Gann, who represented the Marine Science Center rounded up all of the volunteers, and did a wonderful job of planning and organizing them. Everything came together well, even though we had a couple glitches, mostly with our parking people who could not come at the last minute, but the Tybee police stepped up to the plate and helped with everything outside. Thanks to April at City hall for making sure issues at Memorial Park were taken care of, it seemed like everyone found a place to park and there were no complaints that I heard.

We have raised a good bit of money for the Marine science Center, which will be presented to them at the turtle trot. Diane Kaufman really worked with the producers and publicists of the movie and was instrumental in getting the t-shirts, posters, the beautiful signed poster that Debbie Robinson framed, and most importantly, the check from the Cyrus’. Linda Witbeck did a fabulous job of marketing for us, and Judy Ouzts from Papas was absolutely right on with the food and drinks. She was able to get it all donated, which is quite something. Her people did an outstanding job with serving and cleanup, it went so well.  The food was all easy, simple, but delicious! There was nothing left – Judy planned it pretty good.  Brucie Westerman represented The Chapel on Tybee, and she was one of our main worker bees in getting a lot of behind the scenes stuff donated and transported to the gym. Unfortunately, the chapel building has not been moved yet, so the planned drive by did not happen, but didn’t it look good in the movie?? Wow!

The ride to the movie on the trolleys was a hoot. Our guy Brett at the theater directed traffic, herded everyone into their seats, and made sure his team served popcorn and drinks with a smile. All had such a wonderful time, lots of tears, and all very happy. The movie was all we wanted, with the exception of a few scenes we would have liked to see more of, and Tybee mentioned by name a little more, but with Miley Cyrus in it, we will be known for sure. The ride home back to our island was capped with one of the most beautiful orange moons rising over the marsh and oceans I have ever seen. What a magical night!

Eric and Heather at Huc-A-Poos had a blast of an after party! The awards they presented, the music of Joni Woodcock was hilarious, their slide show, decorations, all went so well. I left at midnight and the party was still going strong. All in all, we had many congratulations and good comments, from loads of folks who went.  Our team thinks it was the party of the year! We are still in the process of tallying up the money to donate, and sending out thank you’s, but for now we are taking a few breaths. I plan on going again a few more times to see the movie. After this one, we know how to have a premiere party, and will be waiting for the next film crew to arrive on Tybee!

Photos by Nancy Heffernan.


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