Sunday, January 18

crystal ball

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Last night was the annual Crystal Ball. A fund raiser for the Northwest Mississippi Community Foundation. It's a fancy affair and a huge production. Kenny has been working on the planning committee so we were there early for him to provide some last minute help to get all the entertainment settled. Since we were inside before the doors were open, I took a couple of pictures.

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The theme this year was Mardi Gras. The entrance was decorated like Bourbon Street. Huge pieces of scenery that looked like the buildings along the street and street performers (musicians, mimes, living statues) scattered throughout.

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More street entertainment. They were "selling" newspapers. Sidenote: They had a little tip jar (part of the decoration) and some of the guests actually left tips. The kids gave their tips back to the Community Foundation. I thought that was really sweet.

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This is one of the living statues. There were several and I thought they were neat. They had these light posts through out with New Orleans inspired names. This one was called "Voo Doo". The opening act was called Ms Zeno the Voo Doo Queen. She was a riot. But her horns section was awesome. They led a New Orleans inspired parade around the building playing "When the Saints Come Marching In".
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There was a live auction with a variety of items including vacation packages here and there, a RV rental with catering, some fabulous jewelry, and more. One of the items was dinner for 4 with Morgan Freeman at his restaurant in Clarksdale followed by joining Mr. Freeman at the blues bar, Ground Zero. There was a fierce bidding war and it went for 14,500. what?
At least it goes to a good cause.

19 comments:

Bren's Life said...

What a fun night. We went to an auction dinner once & a puppy went for something like $6000.00. It was crazy... We sure didn't have all the fun you did..

Doodle Bugs Paper said...

What? $14,000 ... sheez.. I bet my stationery brought in more than that HA! HA!

And the picture of you and kenny is a really good one- of course I noticed the earrings first!

hope you had a good time. It was good to see Carly again this weekend.

Kimberly said...

You two look fabulous! I am glad you had such a great time -- all while supporting a good cause.

Natasha said...

How fun!

Kim Sue said...

Forgot to mention the Doodlebugs silent auction item. Cute pink and black cross design on notecards, flat notes, and gift cards and a $50.00 gift certificate! It was paired with a $25.00 gift certificate from a gift shop. I checked it about 9:15 (auction closed at 10:00) and it was at $85.00! Thanks Kacey!

lelly said...

how ironic that i am actually IN new orleans for the first time, so now i can really appreciate the things like the living statues and gas streetlights!

patsy said...

WOW- what a great night!

I don't think I have ever been to something as swanky like this before... what fun!

$14,500- in this economy? it must not be bad for everyone? that's a good thing :) and yes- a good cause!

Jill said...

I've never been to anything close to a night like this, it seems rather grown-up to me.

Patti said...

How beautiful you look! what a fun night and for a good cause! I have set my blog to private and would love to send you an invite to have access to it. I have enjoyed reading yours. Just send me an email to iluvmynonna@yahoo.com and I'll send you the invite!

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Amy said...

Sounds like fun! I get to go to my first fundraiser this summer. I'm also on the organizing committee, which I'm so nervous about! That dinner with Morgan Freeman sounds great--even if it would pay for my mortgage for several months!

Melinda said...

It looks like a fun night. Everything looks great. Wow that is a ton of money for some time with mr. freeman.

Tasha said...

That looks like a great time! The silver living statue brings back great memories of the French Quarter!

I'd love to eat dinner with Morgan Freeman, but 14 grand??? Do you still have to leave a tip after dinner?

What a great night.

Celeste said...

YOU LOOK MAR-VA-LUS DAAALIN!!! LOVE THE EAR BOBS..THE TOP IS GREAT! YOU BOTH MAKE ME SO PROUD!!!

calista said...

Gotta love Morgan Freeman. He is such a generous man. He donates all of the supplies for our 4-H!!

michelle said...

It looks, and sounds like such a fun night!!! I love special events like this! You, and your hubby look fantastic! :)

Jenn said...

I want to hear more about this fun night. You guys look like a million bucks!

Shar said...

So fun for you guys! I love all of the decorations. It looks gorgeous!

Rhonda said...

What a terrific event. Morgan Freeman...I'm impressed!!!