GJ Rotary kicks-off Masquerade

Dave Heurkamp, a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Junction, ties on a mask during the Masquerade kick-off luncheon at Two Rivers Convention Center Wednesday afternoon. Masquerade is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Rotary of Grand Junction.

It’s a gala that dates back to the Renaissance — where noblemen and servants were allowed to mingle freely under the disguise of anonymity.

No different in modern times, the annual Masquerade is an opportunity for Rotarians and non-Rotarians, perhaps even a few Lions or Kiwanians, to mingle for a good cause.

“This is a great time to ask those Lions who are always trying to sell a few carnival tickets,” one member suggested to his fellow Rotarians as they enjoyed a kick-off luncheon Wednesday afternoon at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Masquerade is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Rotary of Grand Junction. “It’s the most anticipated party of the year,” said Teresa Anson, president.

The theme keeps attire simple, old bridesmaid dresses or suits are enough, in an effort to sell more tickets and have a larger attendance, Anson said.

This year’s event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the DoubleTree Hotel. Tickets are $100 per person which includes food and 2 drinks. Masks will be for sale at the door.

There will be a costume contest, silent auction, and entertainment by the Hazel Miller Band.

All proceeds benefit a variety of groups serving youth in the Grand Valley. This year’s recipients will be homeless teens through the Catholic Outreach, HomewardBound and The House.

Tickets are available http://www.masqueradegj.com or at Mad Margaret’s, 807 N. First St.



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