'An Evening for Joyce Serrano' a fitting tribute

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11273311624373.jpg’, ‘Photo by Frank Schier’, ‘Children of Joyce Serrano thank organizers and volunteers at 'An Evening for Joyce Serrano' Sept. 17 at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. Pictured are, from left, Cande Serrano, Irene Martinez, Anita Serrano, and Blas Serrano. Joyce Serrano, previous owner of the popular Serrano's Mexican restaurant in the downtown River District, passed away June 2. Serrano's is still open and being run by her children.’);

The benefit to retire Joyce Serrano’s medical costs, and celebrate her life, as a great mother, friend, cook and community member was an amazing event.

More than 200 people spoke of their memories of Joyce on Sept. 17 at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center.

The excellent entertainment was provided at no charge to the Serrano family by Justice III, Dan Voll & Combo Loco, Ryan Swanson, Curt Johnsen and Cardenas III Generacion.

Endless thanks go to all who contributed so many wonderful items for the benefit. Those angels are: Joseph Huitzacua; Wes Shuckharp of Pegasus Music, Rick Nielsen; The Rock River Times; Bill Howard of The Howard Law Firm; Marge & Kyle Bevers; Terry Carl of Star Line Personal Transportation System; Frank and Alex of Romero’s Express Mobile; Two Wheel Inn; Estwing Corporation; Elizabeth Williams; Marie Martinez; Jim Dennis, Gemologist; Bill Mathis of Mathis Development; YouthBuild; The Furney family of Eclectic Gifts; Jorge Encinas; LaMonica Beverages; Terri’s Aqualand Pet Center; Lucerne’s; J R Kortman’s; Butitta Bros. Radiator Service; Paragon on State; Discovering Wellness’ Dr. Kimberly Castaneda; Studio 5; Skinsations, Heide Plaza and Steve Schiavo of Vitamins ‘N More; SPF Inc. Visual Solution; Mingo & Jean Lara; Morrissey Law Firm; St. Ambrogio Society; Valeri DeCastris; Heather Kerry of Full Circle Massage; Tony Vezner of New American Theater; Karen Elyea of Minglewood; Rich Dickson of Magnuson Property Solution and Chris Wachowiak of Kryptonite.

The food and beverages were excellently coordinated by Andrew Kellogg and so many other friends and great businesses who gave: Dan and Michelle Minnick at Octane InterLounge; Mike Leifheit of The Irish Rose, Frank Calvenese of Deli Italia, Gerlinde’s Water Street Café, North Main Tap, Muller-Pinehurst Dairy, Carlyle Brewing Company, Kryptonite, LaMonica Beverages and Lorden Distributing.

The organizing committee also receives great thanks and praise from the family: Marcello Encinas; Andrew Kellogg and Lawrence and Roseanne Smith; Mark & Mary Ballard, Bill & Karen Howard of Charlotte’s Web; Frank Schier, and our wonderful auctioneer Eileen Morrissey.

To the many other volunteers who showed up to honor Joyce, and any businesses who were unintentionally not mentioned, the committee and the Serrano family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts. Surely, Joyce would say, “God bless you all!”

From the Sept. 21-27, 2005, issue

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