[image-1]Thursday night’s Great Gatsby Gala grew a crowd of 1920s, ’50s, and ’00s-attired guests (apparently some people didn’t do their research) to 28 Bridgeside, a swanky venue overlooking the Ravenel Bridge. The evening kicked off with a stupendous sunset, then continued on with plentiful hors d’oeuvres (lobster dip and perfectly-fried green tomatoes were highlights) and an open bar. The live and silent auctions wound up taking up the main chunk of the evening, with one of the more popular items being an adorable little Spaniel pup that seemed a little overwhelmed by all the commotion but brought in about $800. Expecting a night of drinking and dancing, the length of the auctions was slightly disappointing, but how can you complain when all the money benefitted the Boys and Girls Club? When the bidding finally ended around 10:30 p.m. (the event was set to end at 11 p.m.), the Black Tie Swing Band played a few songs to a diminishing crowd. Dancing was a dangerous prospect, as the few people on the dance floor seemed under the impression that kicking their legs wildly was some kind of ’20s dance. Bruised knees and historical inaccuracies aside, it was fun to see a crowd put so much effort into an event, and the children of the BGC certainly benefitted from their enthusiasm. [image-2]

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