Junior League incorporates 'The Great Gatsby' theme into charity ball

By by j.r. orgeta/jrortega@vicad.com
Jan. 29, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:29 p.m.

Crystal Lara walked into the Junior League of Victoria Charity Ball with eyes aglow as she saw a life in 2014 transformed into a time of flappers, jazz and elegant attire.

This was the 29-year-old Victoria woman's second time attending the Charity Ball, and in these two years, it has not disappointed, she said.

"It was beautiful, and I loved it," she said. "Everything was gorgeous, the food was delicious and the music was great."

Ball organizers pick a theme each year and the event raises money for several charities, such as the Devereux Foundation, Blessing of the Backpack and Project Esperanza, said Melita Tyng Keith, this year's chairwoman.

The theme this year was decided in June around the hype of the re-envisioning of "The Great Gatsby," Keith said.

"I loved the fact that everybody dressed up, even though it was not mandatory," she said. "It really added to the festivities."

This was not Keith's first time as chairwoman for the event. In 2008, the theme she hosted was "Giant," which was about the 1956 film with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean.

That year, the league raised about $95,000. The numbers for this year have not yet been calculated, Keith said.

Keith did not have a goal amount this year. Instead, her goal was to hit maximum capacity, which the event was - 220 to be exact - and for people to enjoy themselves while helping out children in the Crossroads.

"I couldn't be prouder," she said.

Lara said the event did not disappoint and that she would definitely return next year.

She and her closest friends frequent resale shops and always pick out costumes and outfits for theme parties.

This is something they all enjoy, she said.

"It was definitely magical," she said. "I'm already curious for next year's theme."



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