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Hi, my name is Terrence Chappell and I’m the event chair for the Joffrey Auxiliary Board, and I’m writing to tell you about the board’s Blue Masquerade Ball.

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Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph will open up its door after hours this Friday and transform into a blue oasis, June 14 8pm – midnight, for the Joffrey Auxiliary Board’s first ever Blue Masquerade Ball; a themed, interactive dance party. Guests are encouraged to join in on the Blue Masquerade theme with their attire and of course a blue masque to tap off the event’s blue theatrical theme.

To the backdrop of a live set by renowned Dj Madrid, guests will also enjoy custom cocktails, late night bites from some of Chicago’s famous restaurants, a cupcake bar courtesy of Magnolia Bakery, a step and repeat courtesy of Action Booth, and a special performance by local personality and drag queen Cyon Flare.

The Blue Masquerade Ball is a first for the junior arts board and will act as a fun, summer dance party to counter the board’s more established and art-infused event, Pointe of Departure, which kicks off the winter season for the Joffrey Auxiliary Board. Board chair John P. Walcher, vice chair Camille Britton, and yours truly are chairs for the auxiliary board’s premiere blue bash. While vice chair, Camille Britton, is most excited to experience the social and creative fluidity of the event’s theme, music, and the overall scene, she is also looking forward to sharing the Joffrey’s mission with guests that evening.

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“The event is directly benefiting the Joffrey while engaging the younger professionals of Chicago. We are looking to shed light on dance and bring this event back to the core of what’s important,” said Britton.

One lucky guest could walk away with the event’s big-ticket raffle item, two United Airlines vouchers to anywhere in North America and the Caribbean. Other raffle items include a one-of-kind VIVO mask, a $200 gift card to eDrop-off (a luxury designer consignment shop), a stunning piece of jewelry by Cole & Young, as well as a selection of Joffrey merchandise from the Joffrey store. Raffle tickets are one for $20 or three for $50.

The ball also boasts an honorary host committee of social fixtures that have all lent their name and brand to support the evening as well as the Joffrey’s mission including: Samantha Saifer Berngard, Joan Colmar, Jeff Conway, Dj Madrid, Odele Desmuke Hawkins, Candace Jordan, Corri McFadden, Coco Meers, Helen Hall Melchior.  The event committee, made of Joffrey Auxiliary Board members include: Diane Crary, Hillary Deck, Jake Downing, Lucy Dolya, Rosalyn Emerson, Stephanie Kender, David Kimball, Callie Michels, Melissa Mickey, Catherine Napier, Alan Swanke, and Betsy Sylvester.

Tickets for the Blue Masquerade Ball are still on sale now and can be purchased here. A single ticket is $95 while guests can round up six of their friends and enjoy a discount for a 6-pack of tickets for $510 ($85 each guest). Also, if guests purchase two masquerade tickets by June 13, they’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to La Bayadere. Guests are also encouraged to sign up to become members of the Joffrey Auxiliary Board. Members enjoy discounted ballet tickets, invites to private dance rehearsals, and other perks. Hope to see you there and with your blue masque on of course; see if you can spot me!

-Terrence Chappell

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