CORTLAND - Early in the evening on Saturday, many of the guests at the home of Dr. Farid Naffah said they expected this year's "Evening Under the Stars" to be even better than the last one.
"Every year exceeds your expectations. You always think it can't be better, but somehow it always is. Each year is always better that the last one," explained Brad Hansen of Boardman, who has attended the annual fundraiser the past several years.
Like dozens of other attendees, Naffah's beautiful home in Cortland, the entertainment, artwork and cuisine are plenty to keep Hansen coming back each year. But they aren't the only reasons. The event, in its seventh year, was launched in 2008 to raise funds to help needy elderly residents in the area pay for their prescription medication.
"I always get a little concerned because there are a lot of people who wait until the last minute to buy their tickets," Naffah said. "So, you just never know. But somehow it always works out in the end. We always have the support of the community and great attendance. That's what makes it all work."
Naffah estimated there were about 400 people who attended the fundraiser over the weekend. The event was also held Friday evening at Naffah's home.
This year's entertainment included the comedy of Judson Laipply and Theresa Carissimi with music by Flash in the Pan, a Kent State University ensemble steel drum band. Also, the artwork of Scott Pergande was on display.
As the evening continued, attendees including Shawna Muscatello of Wexford, Pa., a Canfield native, said they were far from disappointed in the evening.
"It's great. It's a wonderful, nice and a beautiful event for a great cause. How can you beat that? Dr. Naffah, the whole committee, they do a wonderful job of putting all of this together and making it a wonderful night for everyone."