La Belle Epoque was a time when the French made partying an art. And Giving Opportunities To Others’ 11th annual ball did the golden-age era justice.
On March 24th, the charity transformed the Union Square Ballroom into a sexy 19th century bacchanalia complete with cancan dancers. Hundreds of guests danced to tunes spun by well-known New York DJ Esquire while enjoying a well-stocked, five-hour open bar.
Partygoers took breaks from the dance floor to place friendly bets at myriad table games lining the room. They also bid on coveted silent auction items such as a signed Joe Namath Jets’ jersey.
But that’s not all. Guests were treated to two rousing performances by a pair of acrobatic and cheeky cancan dancers, as well as a special dance recital from GOTO scholar Alanna McIntyre. And partygoers documented their fun by posing with friends in the soiree’s very-own photo booth.
The event helped GOTO raise nearly $30,000 for scholarships to send deserving middle school students to Appel Farm and Arts Center. For the past fifty years, the bucolic 176-acre facility in Salem County, NJ, has served as a retreat where working artists, dancers, musicians and filmmakers teach and inspire young students, introducing them to new means of self-expression.
Thanks to all the attendees who helped make this year's event one for the ages. For those who missed out, stay tuned for news about our next fundraiser.
Check out our Facebook Album to view pictures of the event.