The Truth Behind My Colorful Vests
Many historic and memorable events occurred in 1996. Betty Ruble debuted as a Flintstone vitamin. The movie “Showgirls” won the 16th annual Golden Raspberry Award. John Tesh hosted his final show on “Entertainment Tonight.” And I discovered colorful vests.
I always wear a tuxedo at charity auctions. When the style evolved from cumberbuns to vests, I evolved as well. But I felt a black vest made me look like a waiter, and as the ringmaster for the evening I wanted to stand out from the crowd and those all important and valuable servers taking such diligent care of the hungry and thirsty masses.
It’s not a fashion statement many other benefit auctioneers adhere to. It’s pretty much just me – on stage – with a black tux and an overly colorful vest. In a subtle way it helps me project confidence and really establishes my presence at the event.
Over the years I’ve managed to own more than 12 vests. While the majority come from my favorite tuxedo shop, Black Tie Tuxedo in Fort Myers, Florida, I do have them custom made if I find really nice fabric with great colors and an unusual pattern.
I’m not superstitious, so I don’t have a “lucky” vest that I wear on a regular basis while working. I simply try to match my vest to the theme of the event.
So, the next time you see me at a benefit auction, I look forward to you telling me “Nice Vest.” The only thing I don’t look forward to is the time when cumberbuns come back into style. What am I going to do then?
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|Auction Dates 2012-2013|
|5/9/2013||Harry Chapin Food Bank||Estero|
|5/4/2013||Heart Ball Lee County||Fort Myers|
|4/26/2013||Chamber of Commerce Fort Myers||Fort Myers|
|4/21/2013||JR Achievement Grandezza||Bonita Springs|
|4/20/2013||Canterbury School||Fort Myers|
|4/13/2013||Friends of Foster Care||Naples|
|4/12/2013||Charter School of Cape Coral||Cape Coral|
|4/9/2013||CCA Polk County||Bartow|
|4/7/2013||MS Golf Banquet||Naples|
|3/26/2013||Naples Ballet (Tentative)||Naples|
|3/22/2013||Useppa Museum Gala||Useppa Island|
|3/21/2013||CCA Banquet and Auction Fort Myers||Fort Myers|
|3/19/2013||Naples Opera Port Royal Great Gatsby||Naples|
|3/16/2013||Carrolwood Day School||Tampa|
|3/14/2013||Manatee Co CCA||Stuart|
|3/9/2013||Ohio State Buckeye Club Naples||Naples|
|3/7/2013||Magic Under the Mangroves Gala Conservancy Southwest FL||Naples|
|3/2/2013||Venetian Ball for Catholic Charities||Fort Myers|
|2/23/2013||Southwest Florida Wine and Food Fest||Fort Myers|
|2/18/2013||Martini Glass Auction Naples Philharmonic||Naples|
|2/17/2013||Fiddlesticks Classic Auction||Ft Myers|
|2/16/2013||FGCU Gala||Ft Myers|
|2/15/2013||Fiddlesticks Pipers Auction||Ft Myers|
|2/10/2013||3rd on Canvas||Naples|
|2/9/2013||Actors Theater||Louisville Ky|
|2/2/2013||Jeff Stokes Auction||Palm Beach|
|1/26/2013||Catholic Charities of Sarasota||Sarasota|
|1/19/2013||Seacrest Country Day School||Naples|
|1/18/2013||David Lawrence Foundation||Naples|
|1/9/2013||American Cancer Society||Naples|
|12/3/2012||Art of the Olympians||Fort Myers|
|12/2/2012||Night at the Nest for FGCU||Fort Myers|
|12/1/2012||St John Neumann||Naples|
|11/16/2012||Immokalee Foundation Gala||Naples|
|11/8/2012||Sarasota CCA Banquet and Auction||Sarasota|
|11/3/2012||Angel Ball for Community School of Naples||Naples|
|11/2/2012||Red Snook Fishing Tournament/Auction Conservancy Southwest FL||Naples|
|10/6/2012||Natural High San Diego||San Diego|
|9/27/2012||South Palm||Palm Beach|
|9/13/2012||Space Coast CCA||Melbourne|
|9/8/2012||FARA Energy Ball||Tampa|
|9/1/2012||McFlats Fishing Tournament, Ronald McDonald House||Cape Coral|
|8/23/2012||Rum Runners Celebrity Chef Night||Cape Coral|
|8/16/2012||Love That Dress||Naples|
|3/1/2012||Bucket List Bash for American Cancer Society||Naples|
|2/21/2012||Wine Women and Shoes Cancer Alliance||Naples|