Liars Club

Writer’s Bash Wrap-up

by Marie Lamba on August 9, 2011

in Liars Club Events,Liars Club Philly,Uncommitted

Hilarious. Full of energy. Positive. Brilliant. Warm and affectionate.  All of these describe our best Liar of all, Leslie Esdaile Banks (a.k.a. L.A. Banks), who sadly passed away just last week.

And we all felt Leslie’s energy and her warmth and fun spirit at last Saturday’s Writers’ Bash at Smokey Joe’s in Philly. It was planned as a fundraiser for Leslie’s expenses, and wound up as a fabulous celebration of this amazing person.  We all came together to raise more than $7600, which will now go to Leslie’s family’s needs.

**If you would like to also donate in Leslie’s memory to her family, we are still collecting donations. Just click here.**

Our fundraising included donations, a 50/50, a basket raffle, a red-hot silent auction, and we also collected proceeds from a themed drink called “The Vampire’s Kiss.”  The Liars Club was honored to have Mayor Michael Nutter there to speak about Leslie, what she did to advance literacy, and how she touched so many lives.

We Liars would be remiss if we didn’t thank the more than 100 writers, editors, friends and family members who came out to the Bash to make this event such a success, and the many donors who contributed funds and services, as well as the people who ensured this event ran smoothly and was so enjoyable. In short, everyone who made this truly a bash — a party that Leslie would have loved.

Merry Jones and Marie Lamba selling those raffle tickets!

And we’re pretty sure she was there with us all along, loving every bit of it…

Special Liars Club thanks go to:

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and his wife Lisa Nutter for adding so much to this event with their presence
Laura Swanson and Keith Strunk for their phenomenal financial wizardry
Smokey Joe’s for providing the perfect place
Adria Lamba, for her fabulous event work and P.R.
Baldev Lamba and Sara Jo West for running the basket raffle
Bob Blake, aka “Bobby in the Lobby” for his wonderful piano playing
Robin and Baille Jones, for their added help in planning and running this event

Keith Strunk working the crowd

Silent Auction!

Authors Joe Konrath and Blake Crouch
Richard Hester from the staff of Jersey Boys
Mike Curran of EMI Music
Jennifer DeChiara, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency
Jenny Bent, The Bent Agency
Celeste Fine, Folio
Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger
Rebecca Strauss, McIntosh and Otis
Rose Hilliard, St. Martin’s Press
Jennifer Heddle, Pocket Books
Ginjer Buchanan, Ace/ROC
Charlaine Harris
Heather Graham

Sherrilyn Kenyon
Graham Masterton
Backspace Conference
Christine Weiser at Philadelphia Stories, and the Push to Publish Conference
MCCC’s Writer’s Conference
Rebel Writers
Philadelphia Writer’s Conference
Anne Dubuisson Anderson of
Janet Benton from The Word Studio
August Tarrier
52 Novels
Cheryl Perez
Vonda McIntyre
The Flyers
Porcini Restaurant
Art +  Science in Manayunk
Danny’s Guitar Shop, Narberth
Lucky Strike Bowling, Philadelphia
Gladwyne Pharmacy Gift Shop
Wynnewood Fitness Station
Zenescope Entertainment
Colonial Marble and Granite and Michael Kaminis
Ima Shrew
Laron D. Shannon

If I’ve forgotten anyone, I apologize.  We Liars appreciate you all being there for Leslie and her family. No lie!

Honest thanks from a bunch of Liars!


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Gerri George August 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I look at the picture of a smiling Leslie with a perky hat on and a red t-shirt and I realize she’s gone and this is terribly sad. Sorry I couldn’t make it to Smokey Joe’s.

Marie Lamba August 10, 2011 at 8:19 am

Sorry you couldn’t be there, too, Gerry.

Leslie is so missed! But at the same time, she’s such a force, that we feel her everywhere. Definitely felt her at Smokes!

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