Jump Back Ball 0023:Shaken Not Stirred

It was a magical evening. The air was crisp, the snow was melting and Euclid Avenue had just a little extra sparkle to it. The 23rd annual Jump Back Ball had arrived and Cleveland was ready to party. Attendees were inspired and had turned it out in costumes, tuxedos and long, glistening gowns. There were Bond girls to rival any of the 23 movies and a few villains, but the black Bond tuxedo was the look of the night and, let me just say, we have some dashing men in this city! The people watching is always just as good as the party itself.

Exhibit A - Mr. Morris & Mr. Smith
The VIP hour started at 6pm in the stunning, and my favorite, Palace Theatre Lobby. Cocktails and nibbles were on hand as the crowd worked the red carpet, mingled and noshed on offerings from Dante Boccuzzi's 5 local restaurants. Ginko served up vegetarian spicy sushi pops while DANTE wowed with a creamy polenta with tomato braised pork ragu and their famous butternut squash bisque. DC Pasta turned out the best (and fluffiest) arancini I've ever had while the soon-to-be-open DANTE Next Door offered up a seafood salad presented in sardine cans. Dessert at any of Dante's restaurants is always a can't miss event and DBA's mini banana foster parfaits were no exception. Chocolate mousse tarts were also available but I could barely concentrate once I had dipped my mini spoon into said parfait.

the bedecked Palace Theatre / Charlene and Jess looking glam
our generous VIP food sponsor, Chef Dante Boccuzzi
At 7, guests started making their way to the State Theatre where the lobby and theatre was open to explore. Silent auction and raffle tables lined the lobby which was ensconced in a magical glow. Driftwood catering provided an incredible dinner buffet of all things Bond, including Shepard's Pie and white truffled asparagus. Once dinner was cleared Your Villain My Hero took to the stage and it was officially time to party. The Bond theme continued with imaginative cocktails, martinis and a champagne bar.

Official JBB 0023 artwork up for bid / the scene in the State Theatre lobby
Some of my best girls - Jen/me/Amanda/Alicia
Pop Rocks kept the party going well into the evening with a rock-heavy mix of all our favorite pop music. Driftwood was on the scene with late-night nibbles of white and dark chocolate cheesecake pops, 'Quantum of Beef' sliders and an array of flatbreads. The casino in the mezzanine level was abuzz all night and the wine pull was a huge hit.
the ice sculptures are always my favorite and this year was no exception / martinis for miles

the #jbb23 instagram feed proved a good time was had by all

Jump Back Ball is a themed gala fundraiser presented by PlayhouseSquare Partners to raise money for the theatre's not-for-profit mission. Behind this event there is a wonderful team of people who donated their time and resources to making this a reality:
First and foremost, a huge thank you to my wickedly talented and crafty wine drinking buddy co-chair,  Megan McFadden
Decor co-chairs Clark Pope & Melissa Walton
Activities co-chairs Mike Washlock & Stacy Seeley
Ticketing chairs Sam Miller, Stephanie Sherman & Tiffany Milavec
Raffle chair (and one-woman-show) Jennifer Rome
Fundraising chairs Peter Morrison, George Reider & Tracy Vigh
A special thank you goes out to Stephanie Washlock, Andy Tojek and all of our Shop Night volunteers. None of this is possible without you.
Thanks to the staff at PlayhouseSquare who helped every step of the way: Sarah, Victoria, Leann, Mary & Michelle

::Disclosure - I am a board member of PlayhouseSquare Partners and Jump Back Ball co-chair. I am also an official JBB Blogger. All musings are my own::


Jessica (Anchored in CLE // Jessica Gets Fit) said...

Congratulations on an amazing night - it looked fabulous! I hope I can make it out to next year's :)

Holly said...

I've been waiting for you to post because I wanted to tell you I love your dress. It's stunning!

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