The “Tribute to Joy Layne” night on Aug. 20 still seems like a beautiful dream and I am so deeply grateful (“Pop star’s career a secret no longer,” News, Aug. 14).
Thanks a million to Gregg Gall, owner of Blue Water Lounge in Brookfield, who set in motion this tremendous event and worked unceasingly for weeks to ensure its success. Kim Chmura, of All-Clear Estate Sales set aside many responsibilities to attend to dozens of details requiring computer skills and unflagging energy.
Then, there’s the VFW’s Rich Flowers, techno-geek, who acquired equipment to combine all of my recordings onto a CD, which turned out beautiful. And, my Blue Water Running/Walking Club buddies, Mary, Laura and Fran, who each brought delicious food and designed and wore bright yellow Joy Layne fan club T-shirts, complete with photographs. The ’50s/’60s venue decorations, the food, the music, the large crowd and the camaraderie all served to create a memorable and fantastic evening.
I still can’t believe the folks who attended, representing my life past and present. A huge loving supportive group from St. Barbara’s, the Kiwanis Club, officials from the village of Brookfield, a wonderful group of teachers, active and retired from the Kensington Schools, the Republican Party of Lyons Township, Pink Carnation Florist friends from Riverside, the LaGrange Park Best Hair Salon group, Sawa’s Old Warsaw contingent, our VFW Post 2868 fun-loving crew, plus many old and new friends who stopped in to say, “Hi.”
My wonderful immediate family was there, of course, but the biggest surprise was my entire extended family of 40 years, who traveled a long distance to come to celebrate.
Thank you to Gregg’s Blue Water staff who worked so hard, and more thanks to the staff of the Landmark — photographer David Pierini and the irreplaceable Bob Uphues, who preferred to vacation than attend my party. Hope you had a good one, Bob.
Most of all, thank you always to my husband, my Swede, who has always been there for me — the love of my life, no doubt. I hope I’ve not forgotten anyone; the guest book was lost halfway through the event!
Thank you all over and over again. In the words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us, every one!”
Joy “Layne” Klang