Rick and Melanie Stopfer Named Irving Heritage Society Sweethearts 2022

Although some guests were miles apart, many gathered via Zoom for the annual Vintage Valentine Tea sponsored by the Irving Heritage Society on Sunday, February 13. Guests were welcomed by Tea Committee Chair, Karen Martin. Several guests came dressed in their favorite hats and red outfits.

Former Heritage Society President (and former Sweetheart) Lea Bailey presented an illustrated parade of former Sweethearts through the years since the organization’s inception in 1978. A musical serenade of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” was sung by a male quartet from the Irving Silvertones consisting of Woody Schober, Bob Harper, Will James and Gary Schepf.

Artist Sharice Williams had made a “cutout” of a silhouette of one of the winners and this video was shown to guests. This unique art form is today limited to very few artists. In just a few minutes, the profile and details of the glasses, tie and collar were captured by quickly cutting them out of black paper with very small scissors.

As President Carol Little began to read the many contributions of service made to the Irving Heritage Society by the recipients, guests began to identify individuals to identify. Photos taken over years of attending Heritage Society events were shared. Heritage Society 2016-2017 President, Rick Stopfer, and his wife, Melanie Stopfer, have been announced as this year’s sweethearts.

Last year’s sweethearts Cynthia Sharp and Bob Bourgeois asked guests to raise their cups of tea to toast the new winners. Flowers of Las Colinas served as sponsor.

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