Written by: Dee Dee Ritchie

On the heels of a successful concert at the Saenger Theatre, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, through the efforts of its guild, continued the tradition of the Magnolias and White Linen luncheon.

The first chairwoman of the guild, Connie Crosby, created this fundraiser in 1986. Since then, many outstanding speakers have been featured.

Former Miss America Lee Meriwether was guest of honor at the 25th anniversary luncheon at New World Landing last week. Event chairwoman Beverly Donahue and guild president Amelia Asmar presided over the festivities and a wonderful lunch prepared by Nick Farkas, the new chef at NWL.

The more than 300 guests included Pat and Donna Quinn, Norma Murray, Judy Burns, Janie Stewart, Sue Penfold, Martha Clark, Evelyn Davis, Ros Leahy, Kat Davis, Betty Ward, Beth Boles, Terry Brent, Paul Tobin, Nancy Brown, Blanca Fernandez, Margarette Byrd, Jo Jones and Crystal Joy Albert.