Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Words, Wine and Wit

Last night was a late one. It was the annual fundraiser for Legal Services for Children, Words, Wine and Wit, featuring Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.

First one of the agency's clients spoke about his experience as an undocumented minor and how the agency helped him to stay with his sister and brother-in-law. Inspirational.

Dave Barry told a great story about the joys of embarrassing your middle-school children, including the opportunity of driving the weiner mobile. Life-long mental trauma: totally worth it.

Dave and Ridley met as members of the band, Rock Bottom Remainders, a group of authors who play for literacy charities.  Other band members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Maya Angelou, Cynthia Heimel, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Sam Barry,  Scott Turow, Joel Selvin, James McBride, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount Jr., Barbara Kingsolver, Robert Fulghum, Matt Groening, Tad Bartimus, Greg Iles. Apparently, Ridley is the only member who could play an instrument and actually practiced before gigs.

 Amy Tan (with her husband Lou and her Yorkie Bombo) was there to support her homies.

Robin saved the day when I lost my camera memory card and she loaned me hers. Chris came straight from the airport.