Family breakfasts at Tiffany's

The Scherer family of Carmel waited months to cash in on the special prize package they purchased at an auction last May.
Their high bid, and no one was telling how high that bid was, benefited Riley Hospital for Children, where Dr. Tres Scherer is a surgeon.
The prize package involved two relatively new ventures in Indianapolis: Tiffany & Co. and the Conrad Hotel.
Scherer and his wife, Joan, spent Saturday night at a Conrad Hotel suite. Sunday morning, the hotel's Rolls-Royce chauffeured the couple to a special Breakfast at Tiffany's, served long before any of the Fashion Mall shops opened to the public.
The 10 people in the Scherers' breakfast party included daughters Heather and Lindsey and friends Jack and Judy Myers. Scherer's brother and sister-in-law, Todd and Beth Scherer, drove in from Columbus, Ohio, for their chance to dine, Holly Golightly-style, at the Tiffany store.
Tiffany and Conrad staffers were on hand to ensure no need went unmet.
Doug Knopp, the Conrad's executive chef, whipped up a multicourse breakfast that included a trio of tropical fruit smoothies, glazed almond croissants and lobster and crab quiche with caviar. Champagne drinks flowed.
Scherer said he normally doesn't get into bidding wars at charity events. The last thing he remembers bidding on was a Rottweiler years ago -- he didn't win the pooch. Winning the Tiffany/Conrad package was something of a surprise.
"It was sort of spur of the moment, thinking, actually, I was just going to be anteing up the bid. I did not expect that I was going to have the winning bid," he said Sunday.
Joan Scherer said her favorite part of the breakfast was spending some special time with friends and family.
Erica Chappell, Tiffany's director, said that while the store holds a number of special events, the sit-down, silver-service breakfast was a rare opportunity.

Rogers' well-heeled birthday bash

Joyce Rogers' friends weren't going to let her 50th birthday go by without a big bash for the Indiana Black Expo president.
More than 100 well-wishers stopped by the Ice Ultra Lounge recently to offer their congratulations and have some fun.
Tanasha Anders, Monica Hare, Alpha Garrett and Kara Endsley helped plan the festivities.
The cake fit Rogers to a T: A pair of white chocolate high-heeled pumps topped a three-tiered delight.

Buzzin' around

Damien Center officials report the agency raised $60,000 from its recent Grand Masquerade fundraiser. That's 20 percent more than last year's take. . . . In case you missed Larry L. Hill's obituary last week, memorial contributions can be made to the Hooverwood Guild, 7001 Hoover Road, in memory of Heather Hill Smulyan's father and Emmis chief Jeff Smulyan's father-in-law.

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