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The Detroit Gatsby group went to the dark side for inspiration for its most recent event Saturday night at the Belle Isle Casino. Some 300 guests donned elegant evening attire paired with dramatic masks to participate in the Dark Faerie Tale Masquerade. The immersive experience embraced some of the darker themes in famous fairy tales.

The casino was mystically decked out with tables filled with enchanting candelabras surrounded by still-life vignettes. Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and small plates created by chef Jeffrey Tate. The complimentary bar offered liquor-laced potions that left guests with trailing wisps of mystical mist. DJ Lixxer kept the dance floor popping with good dance music.

Tickets to the party were $130 and benefited Activate Detroit Potential, a nonprofit organization that partners with for-profit companies to provide skills training, employment and holistic support services for at-risk women in Detroit.

“This was such a fun event, and it was such a pleasure to see all the guests enjoying themselves, in their beautiful outfits, for such a great cause,” says event organizer Alison Chevalier. “What Activate Detroit Potential does is amazing — training at-risk women in marketable skills like graphic design, web design and social media marketing. We appreciate them and all of our supporters.”

Also rubbing elbows that evening were actors portraying fairytale characters, who mingled with the crowd along with real-life Detroit sporting heroes, including former Detroit Red Wings players Eddie Mio and John Ogrodnick as well as former Detroit Tiger Dave Rozema.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of TheSocialMetro.com and hosts “Chuck’s World” from 4-5 p.m. Saturdays on 910AM Superstation.

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