Who: Friends of the friends of The Friends of St. Jude
What: Unmask the Night, The Friends of St. Jude’s 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball
Where: FIVE Event Center, Minneapolis
When: Friday, April 15, 2010
Why: A way for young pros to mingle with an air of mystery while raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
One hundred and fifty masked marauders in cocktail dresses and suits spent Friday evening at the 2nd Annual Friends of St. Jude Masquerade Ball at the FIVE Event Center in Uptown.
The Friends of St. Jude is the young professional networking arm of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which treats and finds cures for childhood cancer. They host happy hours, and we’ve heard, a pretty fun wine tour in September, apart from the ball. On Friday, the masked group raised nearly $15,000 for St. Jude.
The masked theme was the perfect level of pretend without spilling into full-on Halloween territory. We saw Midas, a Lone Ranger, a silver gangster, harlequins, and lots of pretty girls flocking together like birds with colorful plumes and sequins framing their eyes. Those who showed up with full faces exposed were politely handed a mask at check in. Most importantly, our masks did not prevent us from snacking or sipping, and they even alleviated shyness due to the incognito effect they had on our identities.
After mingling at the bar and bidding in the silent auction, most guests moved upstairs to dance, pose in the photo booth, and check out the gourmet spread, which was devoured within hours.
Party Patrol consistently ordered the Kir Royal, a festive Chambord and Barefoot Bubbly number that cleansed our palette between oyster shooters and mini jumbo shrimp cocktails. But one of us steered clear of the Melting Pot’s chocolate fountain due to a messy snafu at a 10-year-old’s birthday party some years back. Chocolate-dipped curls anyone?
We knew it was our cue to escape to moto-i, the cozy Japanese sake bar just around the corner for our post-party, when the entire dance floor devolved into singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” . . .
“Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on . . . “