From the moment of arrival at the Queen of Hearts benefit gala thrown by the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis in tandem with Diana: A Celebration, it was easy to tell that it was an event worthy of Diana, Princess of Wales’ name. The gala benefited both the Woman’s Club and Open Arms of Minnesota, an organization which works with patients of life-threatening illnesses including HIV/AIDS, a cause which was near and dear to Diana’s heart.
Yeoman Warders, commonly known as Beefeaters, have traditionally been placed with the task of guarding prisoners in the Tower of London and protecting the British crown jewels. It was two men dressed as Yeoman Warders who greeted guests to the gala. From there, guests enjoyed the jazz sounds of Jimmy Steffen and Holly Circle as they made their way down a red carpet, past a replica of Princess Diana’s wedding cake – beautifully done by Amanda Leapold, the pastry chef for the Women’s Club – before finally ending with an extravagant centerpiece on a table surrounded by champagne flutes. As guests mingled and enjoyed the hors d’oeuvres catered by CRAVE restaurant, the anticipation built until they would be able to see the exhibition commemorating the princess.
Once a guest enters the exhibit, he will immediately understand the need for the security and meticulous preservation. Truly priceless items were on display which mean so much to billions of people across the globe. An exhibit chronicling the life and work of someone such as Princess Diana is extraordinary.
“She was the one true woman,” Murton said, “and unfortunately no longer with us.”
Princess Diana used her iconic status to draw attention to charities dealing with controversial topics. Most notably, Diana’s work with landmines and The Halo Trust, benefiting those affected by HIV/AIDS, is especially dear to the two men’s hearts. Grossmark agreed. “That is why we are carrying it on and pushing it, her work,” he said. “We’ve got to remember that she was a great woman, but she did so many great things. We’ve got to remember that and carry it on, push it.”