Team Indy Twirls at the Damien Center Grande Masquerade Disco Ball

By Erin Orme on November 24, 2013 in AmeriCorps

AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Indy attended this year’s Grande Masquerade Ball and also volunteered for the event. The whole team was looking very sharp(or perhaps more appropriate, SUPER FLY) in their gowns, suits and tuxes.

SONY DSCThe Grande Masquerade Ball has been happening every year since the Damien Center was founded in 1987—this was our 26th year. Although the event started as a casual fund raiser held on the Indianapolis Fair Grounds, it has grown into a lavish formal event with tickets as much as $175 each!

67941_10152010462569974_1685690320_nIt was held at the Westin in downtown Indianapolis, which was able to accommodate the 656 attendees. The ballroom was decorated with thousands of pink roses and carnations donated by McNamera Florist. It would not have been complete without the giant disco ball right above the dance floor!

SONY DSCThere was a great energy to the night and everyone really embraced the disco theme!

The Silent Auction and Live Auction were a huge success this year. There was the usual items such as tickets to the Ellen Degeneres show but also some new items like the top seller of the night, tickets to see Pink in concert! Benjamin bid and won on framed picture of Ryne Sandberg from the Chicago Cubs.

SONY DSCThis was the most successful year to date, raising over $178,000, all of which goes to the Damien Center and allows the agency to continue its mission to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS and empower people affected by HIV and AIDS to move forward each day with dignity.

Unfortunately, I missed out on the group photo of the night since I was busy scrambling around to direct the 70 volunteers that helped out at the event this year. It was a great learning for experience for me. I learned so much about planning an event and was honored to work with such a committed and talented group of people! I also learned never to try and wear wedges when trying to work an event (even though they fit the theme!)

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