The "Leapin' Lizards" theme not only salutes the catchphrase of 1920s cartoon icon Little Orphan Annie, but is also a sly nod to the rare, native herpetiles--reptiles and amphibians--of the island's eco-system.
Event invitations feature a custom die-cut lizard that leaps out of the envelope.
The empty ballroom prior to load-in.
The venue is traditionally the island's iconic Casino Ballroom--a '20s veteran itself!
Transfer of ocean freight to truck to load-in to ballroom.
Day One: Tables and chairs are set and linens dropped.
A panoramic view of the ballroom.
The night before the event, the back-up mover blows out ... but the problem is resolved.
Guests enter the art deco building.
The event logo is featured as a gobo on the dance floor.
Guests mingle and bid on auction items during cocktail hour.
Nearly 450 guests attend.
A beautiful tabletop.
Elegantly folded purple shantung napkins are placed at each setting. Atop a square mirror in the center of each table, a large glass vessel is filled with glitzy emerald and purple accents and small, glittered lizards climbed up the exterior of each vase.
A fully set table.
A rhinestone “headband” encircles each vessel, and displays a silver card with the table number and a glittering purple feather--mimicking a flapper’s headpiece.
Small glass votives are filled with water and glow with a green LED ice cube that was donated by one of the event’s co- chairs.
The low-budget centerpiece solution (only $12.54 per table --as the organization owned the vessels from a previous event) serves as a great accent and point of interest with guests.
Closer view of the "flapper headband" table numbers on centerpieces.
Detail of the donated green LED ice cubes.
Table with a view of the art auction section, band and rain curtain in the background.
Close-up of the custom menu card folded within a napkin.
Chairs are covered in an emerald green satin cover and fitted with a purple spandex belt with a rhinestone buckle.
The "emerald" color not only underscores the anniversary's gemstone but is also a sly salute to the island's Emerald Bay--an homage to the co-hosting yacht club's island outpost.
The live auction display table, complete with a $12,000 bottle of wine.
Guests bid on photographs and paintings in the art section of the silent auction area.
Dancers make a surprise entrance to mingle with guests before they perform.
'Flappers" in period dress perform lively 1920s dances center stage.
Heading into the live auction, the auctioneer salutes a well-dressed guest.
A balthazar--equal to 16 wine bottles--is a top auction item, bringing in a $12,000 bid.
After a costume change, the dancers return after the live auction for a final number, bringing the crowd to its feet.
The rain curtain behind the band adds sparkle to the stage while providing camouflage for the rear-screen projector.
Guests dance the night away.
The existing soffit lighting in the venue was used to create a warm white glow at the horizon of the ceiling, which transitioned into a variety of angular patterns and colors throughout the evening mimicking the art deco graphic element.
All told, the ball netted more than $451,000, well over its goal, making it the second highest grossing event ever for the Conservancy.
The Catalina Island Conservancy makes the most of its 20th annual Conservancy Ball by turning to a Roaring 20s theme.
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