For 30 years the Colorado Springs Chorale had led the way with local Chefs' Gala traditions. Over that time top names from the food world, including Jacques Pepin, had participated as celebrity judges and more than 350 local chefs and 175 restaurants participated, each event drawing hundreds of hungry attendees.
Soon there were numerous fundraising chefs' galas dotting the local calendars.
The Chorale, the oldest continually performing choral group in the region, is celebrating 60 years and its Colorado Springs Choral Society transformed its fundraiser to something a little wild and different, a Monte Carlo Masquerade.
Mystery masked folks descended on The Antlers March 31 for dinner, dancing to the Bill Emery Band and gaming at tables manned by the folks from Wildwood Casino.
Event chair and board member Marie Gardner, from her spot at the blackjack table, was delighted with the evening and its changes. "As a founder of the Chorale, I am like a proud parent, bragging at every opportunity," she said. The masquerade, she said later, is their major fundraiser "and since it is a rather new adventure for us, we are testing the waters."
Don Jenkins, who had served as the Chorale's Artistic Director for 47 years, came as a quite debonair James Bond 007.
Following in his directing footsteps is Artistic Director Deborah Jenkins Teske, who glittered with the best of them.
The evening's proceeds benefit the Choral Society programs which include the 120-voice Chorale (cschorale.org).