Who: Partygoers, F. Scott Fitzgerald fans, and members of ACS CURE, a young professionals group that raises funds for the American Cancer Society in the Twin Cities
What: The Great Gatsby Gala
Where: The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis
When: January 28, 2012
Why: To raise money for cancer research
From Boardwalk Empire to art deco-inspired fashion to Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film The Great Gatsby, the roaring ’20s are hot right now. Add in a Minnesota twist with F. Scott Fitzgerald, and you’ve got the perfect theme for a young professionals party.
As I entered The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, I was wowed by guests’ Gatsby-inspired getups. Ladies donned flapper dresses, fur, feathers, fascinators, jewels, and bright-red lipstick, while the gents looked like good old sports in jackets, hats, and bow ties. I channeled my inner Daisy Buchanan with a navy flapper dress, which seemed like a good choice until the fringe got caught on the buttons and coats of fellow partygoers. (I guess that’s one way to catch a gent’s attention at a party).
More than 400 guests packed the event. While crowded, the venue had the perfect mansion-style ambiance. There was a silent auction in the front room, dancing and dining in the main room, a poker table room, and a photo booth. First stop: The open bar, which served Trinity Oaks wine and Summit brews. (It seems like prohibition wasn’t part of the theme, which was a good call.) Guests also snacked on an array of appetizers, such as grilled veggies with aioli, goat cheese and pesto pie, and mini potato pancakes.
Midway through the evening, event co-chairs Shannon Gherty Anderson and Courtney Smallbeck paused the mixing and mingling for a brief presentation. They reminded us why we were there: to raise thousands of dollars for cancer research. They got a bit of help from Kirk DeWindt of ABC’s The Bachelorette, who served as emcee for the night. He introduced grant recipient Dr. Daniel Harki, who told us about his cancer research at the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center. Then it was back to the bash.
The ’20s music gave way to danceable pop hits, from Selena Gomez’s “Love You Like A Love Song” to Rihanna’s “Only Girl in the World.” After some hoofing (AKA dancing), I decided it was time to fetch my car from the valet to beat on home, borne back ceaselessly into the past.