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A Southern Spring Evening with Paula Deen

A Southern Spring Evening with Paula Deen

A Night of Fun, Food and Philantropy

by Paula Deen

The sand gnats must have been plum scared off when they heard 250 people were coming over to my backyard the other night, because I didn’t get bit once. It really was a magical night for me. I loved getting to talk to every one of the wonderful people who came out to meet me and my family, eat some good food and even dance a little under a beautiful moon. With your generous help, we raised just over $100,000.00 for one of the charities most dear to my heart, Bethesda Home For Boys. I want to thank my staff, whose talents never stop amazing me, for doing everything it took (and I know it was a lot) to make this wonderful event happen. And most of all, I want to thank all the guests who turned their pockets inside out and gave so generously.  I love, love, love you all.

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Reader Comments:


Thank you Mrs Paula for a wonderful evening and the beaufiful sunset was a bonus from your yard. Steve and I had a wonderful time meeting people and of course meeting you and the whole family again. I hope you make this an annual event. We hope to have the chance to attend another fund raiser for the Bethesdia Home for Boys.

Karon Cunningham of Symsonia, Kentucky on May 24, 2010 09:24 AM


What a wonderful event for a good cause!

Donna Aveni of Matthews, NC on May 24, 2010 10:01 AM

My daughter and I had such a wonderful time at your beautiful home . We loved giving to such a wonderful cause. Thank you Paula and your staff for such a great night!!!!!

Erleen Armet of Palm Bay, Florida on May 24, 2010 10:45 AM

Ms. Paula,
As a southern woman who works with people and food, I am reminded, with your inspiration,  to take a look at my own backyard and the needs around me.  You make me proud to be a Georgian!

Julie Aitchison, M.S., R.D. of Lawrenceville, GA on May 24, 2010 11:23 AM

Oh my gosh, I will treasure the memories of this wonderful evening for a long time to come.  I brought my 15 year old daughter who had the time of her life.  Your boys were so incredibly nice to her, and I couldn’t believe she was too nervous to speak to you. I had so much more to say but had to move along (darn it).  Thank you so much Paula and family.  Oh, and we did get bitten by the sand gnats, ALOT smile

deenbrosfan3 of Turlock, CA on May 24, 2010 01:25 PM

OH, I forgot to sign my name and to tell you that if you do an event again, I will be there, perhaps with my husband or my youngest son, Nick. Samantha told them how much fun it was and Nick is my aspiring chef so I know he would enjoy meeting you and your family and seeing your awesome kitchen.  Much love to you Paula, and your family!
Tracey Lopez, Turlock, CA

deenbrosfan3 of Turlock, CA on May 24, 2010 01:27 PM

It was a GREAT evening.  I am sorry I could not be there with y’all.  My love to Paula and her family.

Bobbie Gardner of Hamptonville, North Carolina on May 24, 2010 06:13 PM

hey paula!
we were planning to come to savannah for our honeymoon (wedding is on july 3rd and it’s a 1950’s wedding,poodle skirt and all!),if you show up lol but it has to be an addition to the kitchen,i can’t cook in a 5x10 kitchen so it will be next year for our visit,hope to see you family and the restaurant then <3—jolynne

jolynne whirl mullins of alexandria indiana on May 25, 2010 10:48 AM

Dear Paula,
We had the best time at your house the other night.  Everything was so beautiful. My only regret is that I did went to Paula Deen’s house and did not eat….I was way to excited. I enjoyed visiting with other people who love you as much as I do. Michael is a doll, we enjoyed him so much. I can’t believe I was at a loss for words when I had the chance to talk to you. The boys are so handsome and everyone was so gracious. I hope I get the chance to come back!!!
Love ya,

Julia McCormic of Eufaula, Alabama on May 25, 2010 11:10 AM

Paula,family and staff

What a beautiful evening I too will cherish the great time me and my husband had.  He is still talking about it daily.  I sure hope there is another one next year so we can have another great weekend in Savannah.

Jennifer & Rob Johnson Baltimore

Jennifer J. of Linthicum, MD on May 25, 2010 11:15 AM

Paula & family,
It was so good to meet yall. My girlfriend and I had the best time. Thank yall for having us over. If you have another event alike, consider us there!
Ps - Ms. Paula, you made my girfriend teary eyed after you told her about your mama passing also, which was real sweet of you. She really appreciated yalls short talk, and hopes to be able to see you again so she can thank you. Call us if you ever need some help on the show! 

Love & Thanks,

Blake Littlefield of Waycross, GA on May 25, 2010 12:09 PM

Thank you to you and your staff for a wonderful evening.  My best friend and I go on 1 trip together every year and have been waiting for a chance to meet you in Savannah.  What a perfect opportunity to meet you and donate to such a worthy cause.  Thank you for making the time to take a photo with each of us.  Hope to meet you again sometime.  Marli and Vanessa from SD.

Marli Baysinger of Letcher SD on May 25, 2010 01:41 PM

Dearest Paula, My sister-in-law and myself are seriously one of your favorite fans. Neither one of us looks like you but we are Paula wanna be’s. How do you get invited to come to your house for the Bethesda Home For Boys event? We would be there quicker than a fly on fruit if we knew how to get invited. We will be looking for this event next year and hopefully see you there. You rock Paula!!!

Becky Carter of Advance, North Carolina on May 25, 2010 01:47 PM

My daughter and I were there.We had the best time.Everyone was so nice.Getting to meet and visit with your family was very special to me.Can’t wait til the next time.Mary & LeAnn.

MARY2711 on May 25, 2010 02:02 PM

Paula, Melinda called me with a last minute cancellation…unfortunately, the air fare was a joke to get down there!  Sounds like it was a HUGE sucess.  I really hope you throw another event again because I WILL BE THERE!

Marie Troxel of Highland, Indiana on May 25, 2010 02:10 PM

We had the best time in your home!  It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that we will never forget.  We were thrilled to support Bethesda as well have the opportunity to meet you and your family.  Thanks for the hospitality!

Valerie Weber & Karen Ley of College Station, TX on May 25, 2010 02:20 PM

So sorry we could not attend but please keep me on the list.  Thank you so much,  Liz

liz ward of Cincinnati, Ohio on May 25, 2010 03:07 PM

Please, please have another one.  I will be there!  I love the Deen family.

Marsha Redd of Maryland on May 25, 2010 03:18 PM

Thank You.  Thank You for the video footage of this wonderful event!  It brought the party a little closer to my mother and I as we were unable to attend due to her sudden illness.

We absolutly love the venue you have chosen to bring light upon our most precious angels.  “Our Children.”  Please keep my information on your philanthropy event listings.  As we adore the opportunity to share in the blessings that you bestoe on all that come into the ” sweet southern spirit of Paula Deen and family.” 

As we await the news from Mayo’s on my mother’s prognosis.  We keep January as a “fun time” on our upcoming agenda.  As soon as we hear that “your mother is released to travel.” we will be booking our cabin on that brand new ship.  What a fun time to look forward to.

Again, Thank You so much for bringing a voice to those in need.  You are such a blessing to all!

The Peach House
Constance Bush
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Constance Bush of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on May 25, 2010 04:24 PM

thank you for your showes in the day and at night,for i’m in a wheel chair and can’t move much. i look to see if you are on any more and watch it.

shirley gonyer of whitefield nh 03598 on May 25, 2010 05:23 PM

Ms.Paula and Family,
Thankyou for letting us be a part of the evening to help The Bethesda Boys Home. Bethesda is truly a great place for the boys and one that is dear to our heart. I had the pleasure to share the evening with my aunt and friends who were from Hinesville, but came all the way to Savannah. All our us ladies were acting like your hen coop and cackling, being silly and just enjoying your hospitality and company. Thankyou for choosing to support Bethesda and I hope the tradition continues. My daughter who attends SMU of course was upset she gave up her ticket, but hopefully will join us next year. I have to rub it in to my girl what an enchanting evening it was. Thankyou!!!

Deanna C Dasher of Savannah Georgia on May 25, 2010 05:55 PM

Paula, Please, please please do this event again. We had a death in the family and could not come. Had to pay for a funeral. Please do this again.
Patricia Moore McDaniel
New Bern NC 28562

Patricia McDaniel of New Bern NC on May 25, 2010 10:20 PM

I was aware of this event, but unfortunately, my pocketbook wasn’t full enough to enable me to
I did however, meet you recently at the fabulous book signing that was held @ BJ’s in Cumming, GA.  It was a moment I had been waiting on for a long time & I will cherish it forever!  Thanks for all you & your family do to “give back”.  You are a true inspiration & one remarkable lady!  Much love to you & your family!

Michelle Biles Williams
Jackson, GA

Michelle Biles Williams of Jackson, GA on May 26, 2010 08:34 AM

Like some of the others above are asking, how do you get invited to these events.  I would love to come and support this very special cause!

Wanda Hudson of Jackson, Alabama on May 26, 2010 11:40 AM

Hey Ms. Paula!

Thank you so much for opening up your home and for the chance to meet you and your family. I had a wonderful time and will never forget it.

Thanks again,

Aaron of Marion, NC on May 26, 2010 05:34 PM

Dear Paula,
  I did not know about this wonderful evening, however, would love to plan a trip back for such an event.
  My son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Melissa Bandy live nearby in Port Wentworth, have been to your restaurant and love it as much as I have loved watching you and your boys on TV.
  Dan, a pilot with the army, is being deployed, again, to the Middle East. As soon as he returns home, I want to take him to your place.
  You are a special, inspirational, REAL woman, Miss Paula.
  We love you,

Linda Pereira of Escalon, California 95320 on May 26, 2010 09:59 PM

Paula, family, and your talented team!
It was a beautiful event and we had a GREAT time!!  My husband and I still talk about it and definitely will remember for a very long time!!  Thank you so much for the hospitality!!  Hope you will do this again next year.

Marina on May 27, 2010 09:52 AM

I hope you do this again. I would look forward to participating in this worthwhile cause.

DAWN of Michigan on May 29, 2010 09:46 PM

My son, just loved your soufled pumpkin pancakes. I also made the spagetti casserole for a party and all the kids loved it. Thank you so much paula deen. You really are a wonderful person. I watch your show everyday and cant get enough, you really are my role model.

Adam andrade of texas on June 01, 2010 09:37 AM

my sister and i had a wonderful time. what an exciting adventure. paula-i must say-you have a WHOLE LOT OF HANDSOME surrounding you. thank you for the opportunity to meet you and your family as well as help the Bethesda Home for Boys. thoughtfully,kathy laug and gemena welling

kathy laug of cincinnati,ohio on June 01, 2010 09:29 PM

My husband and I had a most enjoyable evening at your beautiful home!  What a wonderful cause and we would love to support it again.  It truly is touching to see so many come together and help others and enjoy each others company. Meeting your family was amazing and exciting. We had the best conversation with your beautiful niece Corrie, she is an absolute beauty.  Thank you to all who helped in making this a magical evening.
Steve and Lori Lesley

Steve and Lori Lesley of Stephenville, Texas on June 02, 2010 11:28 AM

My husband and I enjoy all your recipe every days. I will like to recive the Pork Tenderloin Cou recipe, that you done on June 1, 2010.

Myrna Dumas of Luquillo, Puerto Rico on June 02, 2010 05:37 PM

We are thrilled so many of you were able to attend. For those who did not know about the event, we sold all 200 tickets through our posts on Facebook and Twitter back in January. Within three weeks, all the tickets were sold out. We did keep a waiting list and so a few people were able to get tickets from there. If you want to be the first to know what’s going on, make sure you follow Paula on Twitter and Facebook!

Lisa the Admin of Savannah, GA on June 07, 2010 04:07 PM

I grew up in Savannah, Ga, moving from there in my senior year at Savannah High School.  I went to school with and dated some of the boys from Bethesda Boys Home.  I wanted to know what ties if any Paula had with the home.  To this day, I wonder what become of some of the boys.  I even attended dances at the Boys home.  Some great memories.

Carole Lowe of Middleburg, FL on June 28, 2010 04:15 PM

The only time I have been to Savannah and went to your resturant, the food was delish, but no Paula and no Deen boys, how sad is that.
Anyway the evening at your home sounded DELIGHTFUL and would love an opportunity attend one in the future.

margaret irving of hampshire, IL on October 05, 2010 06:47 PM

Dearest Paula,
Just wanted to let you know that I am so very happy for you…and all that you do…I watch you every day on tv..and just laugh with you…I also just have a passion for cooking..and eating too!
You inspire not only me..but millions…God has truely blessed you Paula! Keep up the awsome job
that your doing…as for me I hope that one day God will allow our paths to cross…and we will have a special moment…or share a recipe or just laugh…May God continue to Bless you always!
Youre Number 1 fan…and a Yankee too!!! Living in the south…
Rosalie Lynora Neal

Rosalie Neal on December 03, 2010 11:27 PM


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