On February 25, 2011, JMC Communities transported more than 150 guests to the 1920s, a time of decadence, gambling, jazz music, and underground drinking establishments. “A Night at the Speakeasy,” took place at Ovation (a JMC condominium property) and was the third of four events that LUCIA|PAUL DESIGN is exclusively planning for the St. Petersburg based corporation.
Attendees entered the speakeasy through a side door and were given boas and fedoras, a drink ticket, and $2000 in funny money to use on the gaming tables on the 1st floor lounge and 22nd floor condominium. Those who walked through the lounge area could find a variety of gambling tables provided by Florida Casino Parties, passed h’orderves created by Puff ‘n Stuff catering, and “illegal” booze by UDream Events.
Guests who ventured upstairs were enveloped in “smoke” as they entered the upstairs speakeasy, and their ears were treated to the sounds of jazz and swing provided by local band the Lounge Cats. The 22nd floor offered partygoers more drinks, delicious eats, and plenty of poker/blackjack/roulette tables, as well as exceptional views of the downtown waterfront and marina for them to enjoy the night away.
Still, guests didn’t forget what the night’s event was truly about: charity. Before sneaking back to their homes, attendees partook in a raffle and live auction to benefit the Museum of Fine Arts, The Salvador Dali Museum, and the Florida Orchestra. By night’s end, the auction and ticket sales raised thousands of dollars for these wonderful institutions.
The following are a few images that Donald Lynd of Bayside Photography captured of the night's festivities:
Guests enjoying the boas, fedoras and more!
Gambling for a good cause.
The prohibited concoctions.
The Lounge Cats performed as guests danced.
Emcee Gayle Guyardo(with husband Mark Pichowski), enjoying the party before conducting the live auction.
A special thank you to the following event partners for making this evening possible:
Photographer: Donald Lynd of Bayside Photography
Bar: UDream Events
Catering: Puff 'n Stuff Catering
Live Music: Lounge Cat
Lighting: BayStage Lighting
Valet Service: Courtesy Valet
Entertainment: Florida Casino Parties
Emcee: Gayle Guyardo
Event Planning: LUCIA|PAUL DESIGN
The LUCIA|PAUL DESIGN Team