Painted Faces on Parade

You can fool any friend who ever knew you… but not the one who loves you deepest.
Whether paper or paint, masks impart an aura of mystery and magic to an event.
They lend color and vibrancy to the atmosphere.  To guests, the masks bestow a sense of anonymity which allows them the freedom to get into a few more daring adventures.  To the one who loves you most and knows you best, your mask will emphasize a burning glance and prove the adage that the eyes are the windows to the soul.  Draw him in and let fantasy delight you both.

Giant Venetian masks, jewel-adorned decor, Marie Antoinette-inspired strolling tables, and a talking red carpet were just some of the evening’s highlights at the Society’s Annual Gala: Red Carpet Masquerade Ball on October 22, 2011. The event, held at Galletto Ristorante, drew in nearly 200 guests and raised over $81,000.00 for children & adults with disabilities.

Staff and committee members collaborated to create an interactive vision that incorporated
the visual theme of a formal masquerade ball with exciting details like a live seafood station,
vodka tasting, and  “strolling tables” that mingled among guests as they were served wine.
The menu was the brain-child of Chef Jesse Layman who took the idea of  “food in disguise” to a new level.

Guests dined on truffle-infused Crab Mac n’ Cheese in oyster shells, sweet pea
“raviolis”, and sous vide tenderloin with lobster cotton candy.  “The Valley’s Got Talent” winner Francesca Heyward preformed her winning rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean” to rave reviews and the exciting live auction featured a trip to the Grammy’s and a day with Hollywood casting director, Robert Ulrich.


Photography::Mark Verschelden
On Location::Galletto Ristorante’
Event::Society for the Handicapped Children and Adults Annual Gala, “Red Carpet Masquerade”
Make-up::Amber Cromwell
Hair Stylist::Aliesha Lechuga of Bella Vagos
Face Painting Design::Nicolle Landre of Paint the Face
Jewelry::Jewelry Vault
Gowns::Lazaro & Wtoo by Watters provided by Mira Bridal Couture
Event Decor’ and props including Live Wine Bar, Event Extravagant

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