Thursday March 18, 2010 | 09:05 PM

This evening's Ballyhoo fundraiser for Youth Alternatives Ingraham attracted hundreds of people to the Holiday Inn by the Bay ballroom. It was a fun, lively party, where I met a lot of great people and saw a number of friends, such as Renee Lewis (in the purple sweater), who I got to know last fall when I served as a volunteer tour guide at her fabulous historic home. She's standing with Mira Burghardt, Alyson Claudio, Sam Beal and Chris Claudio.

The party also served up excellent silent and live auction items and a number of chef stations, featuring chefs such as David Turin (shown), who owns David's in Monument Square and David's 388 in South Portland; Sam Hayward, who owns Fore Street; and Harding Lee Smith, who owns the Front, Grill & Corner Rooms.

Among the well-dressed crowd I even managed to track down a show of athletic finesse.  Mike Tarpinian, president of Youth Alternatives Ingraham, impressed me with his mad basketball skills. (Unfortunately, still photography doesn't quite capture how fast that ball is spinning.) Looking on in amazement is Jason Gibbons of Woolwhich, who plays for the Harlem Superstars when they're in town. He's also the enthusiastic announcer for the Maine Red Claw, and he served a similar role at tonight's bash.

If you want to see more photos from the party, be sure to check out page 2 of Friday's Press Herald for a sneak peek, and then look for more in next weekend's Maine Sunday Telegram.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.


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