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Victoria Symphony League hosts fundraiser (video)

By Jessica Priest
Sept. 18, 2013 at 4:18 a.m.

Linda Patterson talks about the table she decorated for the Motown theme at the Victoria Symphony League's annual luncheon and fashion show at the Spring Creek Event Center in Victoria. The table had actual records she owned at home with some of her favorite songs on them hung on the centerpiece in addition to records underneath each place setting.

Did you know...

Berry Gordy Jr. established Motown Records in Detroit in January 1959. The label's first No. 1 pop hit was the Marvelettes' "Please, Mr. Postman." Other artists included the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5 and Diana Ross.

Source: classic.motown.com

In the 1960s, Linda Patterson was a disc jockey for cowboys.

Her father hosted a rodeo every weekend while her mother manned a concession stand.

And music like the Platters' "(You've Got) The Magic Touch" and Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" would play for a Tivoli crowd between each calf roping contest.

On Wednesday, Patterson, 70, dusted off some of her old records to decorate a table at the Victoria Symphony League's luncheon and fashion show.

Now in its sixth year, organizers said they hoped to raise $21,000 to give to the Victoria Symphony Orchestra's board of directors.

The board divvies the funds up for performers' raises, educational programs and shows, said Cora Jo Hummel, a chairwoman for the event.

Hummel said this year they added a bake sale, which had 71 items up for grabs.

Models for All About the Dress, Days Gone Bye, Golden Wings, Melvin's, the Palm Tree, Rendezvous and Torin Bales Fine Jewelry displayed fashions in line with the event's Motown theme.

"Everybody had a really generous heart," Hummel said afterward.

Patterson said it's a worthy cause.

She and her friends, who were clad in leopard print, were so excited about this year's lineup, they bought season tickets.

"I'm not crazy about classical music, but the experience of seeing it live - there's just nothing like it," she said.

Victoria Symphony Board President Geri Schroeder agreed.

"It doesn't really matter what the music is when you're with friends," she said.

Schroeder and her friend Teri Murray, also a board member, spent about two hours decorating a table toward the back of the Spring Creek Event Center on Tuesday.

"We're the horn section," Murray said, jokingly, as a large, hard resin buck loomed over them as the centerpiece. "He normally lives on my kitchen mantle."

Murray completed the look by adding a burlap sack and greenery that she found in her yard to the table.

"It's not a competition, but we get into it. It's something different because we're both in banking," Schroeder said. "This is a great cause. This is our 40th season."

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