Bridge Ball Outlasts Great Flood of 2018

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The 3rd Bridge Ball finally happened, and it turned out the be our biggest celebration to date! Thanks to everyone who waited the extra few weeks while the area recovered from historic flooding. The sell-out crowd looked stunning, and there were no injuries or fatalities to report – our kind of party! If you missed it, we have the red carpet walk and photo booth shenanigans captured live on our Facebook page.

There are a lot of components to a formal event like the Bridge Ball, and many people to thank for helping it run so smoothly. Thank you, Emily Douglass and The Elks’ staff, for all your hard work. Thanks to DJ Scottie Mac for commanding the room and keeping people moving til midnight. Thanks to Jessica Lynn Photography for creating a true red carpet experience, and to Alessia LoGrasso for squeezing between everyone to snap additional photos. The biggest boost to the event was adding Mystery Meat to the bill. They were phenomenal and are already penciled in for next year. Thanks to Jessica, Marc, Steve, Jimmy, Bruce & Mike. You killed it. And a tip of the tiara to this year’s King & Queen, Eric Bachry and Rebecca Doyon, who looked even more regal with a beautiful bouquet from Celia’s Flower Studio.

Special thanks to Cheryl and Joanne (my mom!) for tirelessly coordinating the catering. It’s the hardest part of putting the Ball together. There’s no way we could’ve done it without their help.

Speaking of caterers, the food spread was awesome. Three cheers to Azorean Restaurant, Salty Frank’s Dogs, Lat 43, Yellow Sub Shop, Cape Ann Lanes, Cake Ann, Tonno, Mom’s Kitchen, and Cape Ann Fresh Catch.

Our Bridge Buddies stepped up again with contributions to the gift bags for all attendees: Foster’s Grill Store, Manchester Athletic Club, Maplewood Car Wash, Salty Frank's Dogs, Cazeault Solar & Home, Magnolia Library & Community Center, Sadie Green’s, Cutler Eye & Body Center, Action, Inc., Pier 23 Kitchen, Design of Mine, Sunbanque, and Andrew Michaels Salon.

Finally, there’s the Bridge staff and volunteers. Celebrity doormen Rob Shea and Brian Watson make their job look easy – it’s not. Special thanks to Leneai Stuart and Alana Horne for your hard work before, during and after the event. And as always, by my side is the good Doctor Lockwood who got a birthday surprise thanks to the rescheduled date.

Let’s do it again in March of 2019. Don’t put your fancy party dress away yet! We’re hosting our first Kentucky Derby Party at Riversbend in Essex on Saturday, May 5th.