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Superheroes saved the day at Lake Placid Center for the Arts benefit

August 5, 2013

LAKE PLACID - The superheroes swooped in and saved the day for the LPCA.

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts held its annual summer benefit last week with a superhero theme, and LPCA spokeswoman Kim Andresen said everyone seemed to have a good time.

"We were really happy with it, and I think it was a pretty successful evening," Andresen said.

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Texas performers Denise Lee and Gary Floyd entertains in front a backdrop of superhero sounds.

People showed up dressed as real superheroes and villains like the Fantastic Four's Human Torch, the Joker and Catwoman. There were also plenty of made-up superheroes. Catherine Ericson, whose husband Chris Ericson founded the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, dressed as Ubu Girl, named for the pub's best-known brew, and her friend Brooke Toohey used her costume, Happy Campers Supermom, to advertise for her new business, an "indoor play cafe." Several people wore their favorite superhero T-shirt sporting logos for characters like Superman and Dick Tracy.

A larger-than-life Superman cutout greeted attendees of the benefit as they approached the Crowne Plaza Lake Placid Golf club, and clusters of comic-book-style sound bubbles, featuring words like "splat" and "ka-blam," decorated sections of walls, taken from the design of the events invitation, which was created by Mark Wilson. Parmalee Tolkan chaired the event and was in charge of the decorations, and Elizabeth Davidson Derr co-chaired.

Each table was adorned with a centerpiece with bold colored tissue paper and comic book superhero images, created by LPCA board member Kathy Ford.

"They were adorable," Andresen said. 'She did a really great job with those."

Texas performers Denise Lee and Gary Floyd crooned and played music in the background as people chatted over glowing green drinks and bid on items in the silent auction.

Andresen didn't have a final total for how much the benefit brought in, but she said organizers were pleased with the turnout of about 210 people.



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