Vicki Kahn: Cadillac Ball |

Vicki Kahn: Cadillac Ball

Meg Raymore and Breeze Cross sipped wine in the silent auction room at the Cadillac Ball.

The temperature was freezing, but the women sure looked hot! The sold out Cadillac Ball last weekend at the Lodge at Tahoe Donner drew 350 guests, the majority dressed in Great Gatsby-themed costumes with the women really glammed up in 1920’s vintage looking flapper dresses, furs, pearls, fishnets, cloches, feather boas and wigs. The men even got into it, many looking dapper in creatively co-coordinated attire including argyle sweaters, bold striped sport jackets, tuxedos, fedoras or driving caps, wing tips and wide ties.

In its quest to always re-invent itself, the Cadillac Ball, in its 30th anniversary year, switched to a new “roving” venue which featured a martini lounge, a casino with Texas hold’em poker and black jack, a tented piano bar cabaret, a silent auction den and a large tent with a dance floor, stage, tables and buffets. Charlie Chaplin and Groucho Marx impersonators entertained guests along with Jakki Ford jazz singer, Lucky Diamond and Gents O’Jive Band, and Dave Kubin in the piano bar.

Mobile judges awarded prizes for best costumes. Best woman’s costume winner was Noel Nixon, best man’s costume winner was Bruce Watkins, best couple’s costume winner was Kate and Preston Smart, “Breast in Show” winners were Meg Raymore and Steph Hiemstra, and most creative costume went to yours truly. The extremely lucky winner of the $10,000 raffle price was new Rotarian Michael Holley.

Kudos to Chairperson Laura Bergerson, who was ably assisted by Mark Guthrie to help the Truckee Rotary Club raise over $60,000 which will be deployed for the club’s many philanthropic programs. Some of those reveling in the make believe time of the roaring 20’s when the economy soared were Truckee Rotary President Brian Marsh and wife Christine, Mitch Clarin and fiancee Katherine Palmer-Collins, Susan and Neil Cunningham, Ruth and Breeze Cross, Lydia Almas and Ira Cross, Betty Scott and Andrew Cross, Lisa and Mike Krueger, Barbara and David Kahn, Carey and Jim Hood, Martha and Jim Simon, Drs. Daphne Palmer and Larry Heifetz, Laura and Dr. Ed Heneveld, Jan and Dr. Rick Ganong, Leslie and Tim Silva, Kathleen Hesler and Jim Kercher, Linda and Hoopie Hoopingarner, Colleen and Art Chapman, Pam and Tom Hobday, Deborah and Larry Young, Sara and Ted Owens, Christine and Ray Villaman (look for his new restaurant “Twenty-Two” to open in Squaw’s old Balboa Cafe location this December), Joan and Cliff Hartwell, May and Ed Candler, Aimee and Kane Schaller, school superintendent Steve Jennings and wife Jan, Phyllis and Rick McConn, Julie and Marshall Lewis, Cathy and Alan Harry, Kirsten and Mike Livak, Chris and Andy Otto, Kathleen Eagan and Jim Duffy and Randy Hill.

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