‘Faith, family, friends’ is focus of surprise birthday party


altLoretta Pete’s 70th birthday was a popular draw, as a surprise birthday party was set up for the Palm Coast resident.

The party made for an unforgettable experience. Pete was surprised when her guests shouted, “Surprise!” at Vince Carter’s, a Daytona Beach venue of upscale cuisine and entertainment. Daytona Beach native Vince Carter, a NBA Dallas Mavericks star, and his mom Michelle Carter-Scott are the owners of the establishment.

Mikala’s Piano Lounge of the restaurant summoned laughter and featured live music for the cocktail hour. The right ingredients were put together for a lavish party by Pete’s husband, Arthur, their daughter-in-law, Ursula, and son, Claude, of Livingston, NJ, and their daughter, Linda, of Bear, DE.

alt“The party was magnificent, one of the most beautiful that I’ve been to,” said Esther Perry, Pete’s friend. “Arthur and the kids should be highly commended.”

“The Owner’s Box,” a private room, offered 38 guests and family the authentic taste of filet mignon, North Atlantic salmon, pasta Vinsanity, or chicken caprese Roma. The setup provided an exquisite three-tiered cake which favored a wedding cake.

A rendition of “Happy Birthday” was led by the Pete grandchildren: Wakeisha, Wakeen, Quianna, Taylor, Madison, Miah and Chase.

The Owner’s Box, aligning a lakeside terrace, had a private restroom. Hand towels and napkins monogrammed in gold lettering contained Pete’s name, party date and the insignia of her 70th birthday.

Party favors of “Faith, Family and Friends” candles were mounted and gift-wrapped in gold designer accouterments.

“I don’t know why I’m crying,” Pete said. “I thank my children and Arthur. They couldn’t have done anything any better, and I thank each and everyone of you for being here.”


Ryan Montgomery, 10, participated in the International Problem Solvers state conference last week in Orlando. She competed with her team and placed second in the individual competition. Ryan, a student at Wadsworth Elementary School in Palm Coast, will join her teammates in June for the competition finals at the University of Indiana.

Ryan is the daughter of Ryan and Michelle Montgomery, granddaughter of former Flagler Ford dealers Robert and Valorie Montgomery, and the niece of Attorney Raven Sword.


First Church of Palm Coast will celebrate Easter through a service for Maundy Thursday, on April 5, 6 p.m., followed by a Seder meal; the Seven Last Utterances of  Christ, Good Friday, April 6, noon to 3 p.m.; Sunrise Service, Easter Sunday, April 8, 6 a.m., followed by a free brunch for guests; and the Resurrection Celebration, 10 a.m. First Church, at 91 Old Kings Road North, is the pastorate of the Rev. Gillard S. Glover. The church can be reached at (386) 446-5759.


The Women’s Missionary Society of First Church will have a clothing giveaway to those in need on April 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as a food giveaway, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.



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