Wow, the response to my good news shout-out is incredible! Thanks to all for sending news items, contacts — and kudos, too, for all the good wishes, support, suggestions and opinions. Whew! Keep ‘em coming!
I’ve got lots of ground to cover, so…
First, the good news!
GOOD STUFF: Thoroughly Modern.
The Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove, Boise, is, like many of us, throwing an Oscar Party Sunday, Feb. 22. This one is particularly cool because The Modern is a regular hangout of Boise’s own Heather Rae, producer of the Oscar-nominated (Best Screenplay) “Frozen River.” Melissa Leo, another Oscar contender, stars in the heralded film. The crowd will be uber cool and holding their collective breath while the rest of us just wish we could be that cool. RSVP and get your tickets — which include an Oscar ballot, two drinks and appetizers from Café de Paris — by Friday, Feb. 20. Sweet: The night’s events include a Modern give-away — a free night in a Modern suite! 424-8244.
Coming up: The Modern Art show slated for May 9. Artists, get your entry forms in by Saturday, Feb. 28! http://blog.themodernhotel.com/
GOOD DAY: A rose by any other name…
Hats off to the Flying M Valentine for AIDS auction for bringing in a cool $27K!! While that may be $1,000 less than 2008’s shindig, that’s still pretty awesome, said owner Lisa Myers. “It was better than I expected because so many said it was going to be bad (because of the economy). But people came out and really supported a cause that they love.”
GOOD DEED: Now that’s a helping hand!
Way to go, Alan Hamilton, of AIRE Inflatables in Meridian, http://www.aire.com/aire/. At $1,000 Hamilton was the winning bidder on an ice chest at an auction to help out BLM seasonal ranger Mick Krussow at the annual Utah Guides and Outfitters/ Colorado River Outfitters Association convention in Grand Junction, Colo., on Feb. 11 and 12. Krussow has been battling cancer and is just finishing up his second round of chemo (seasonal rangers don’t get health care benefits). The $1,000 was way cool — but wait — Hamilton tossed the cooler he’d won back into the ring. By the time it was filled up with fist fulls o’ tens, twenties and hundred dollar bills, Hamilton and friends had raised a “cool-er” $2,300 to help Krussow.
Keep sending me the goods!