Friday, April 18, 2014
Under a full moon and a cold, cloud-dotted sky, Goodwill's first ever Ghoulwill Ball kicked off the Halloween season by rocking the house at the Eastland Park Hotel on Friday night. The party attracted 200 people decked out in fabulous and creative costumes, many centered around the theme of Horror over Hollywood. All the money raised at the event goes to support Goodwill's job coaching programs for people with disabilities.
All night long the Bob Charest Band kept the dance floor packed with crowd-pleasing songs. Dancing front and center in the photo above is Tammie Keslake who is dressed as a jellyfish. In addition to snapping my usual photos, I was one of the judges who picked the costume contest winners in four categories, and we picked Tammie for Best Overall Costume. We really appreciated her creativity in crafting this outfit from a body suit and an odd lot of fabric, both of which she bought at Goodwill.
Winning in the category of Hollywood Knockout was Deb Fox dressed as Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Robert Barnes and Jennifer Libby-Barnes won the Best Group award for dressing up as matching, life-sized Goodwill reuseable totes. And Joel Marquis won the award for Best Goodwill Finds dressed as Hedwig from the Hedwig and the Angry Inch cult film and musical.
Here I am with my fellow judges, Matt Arbor of Healey & Associates, who is dressed as a cowboy, and Jeff Lind, of Clark Insurance, who is dressed as Napoleon Dynamite. I'm dressed as Frankenstein author Mary Shelley.
There were so many noteworthy costumes at tonight's party, and here are a few:
Rebecca Villar and John Warwick were dressed as Christine and Erick from The Phantom of the Opera.
Bev Freudenreick was dressed as Jean Harlow, Linda Mailhot was dressed as a preppy lady named Candae Corn, and Sue Bennett was one of several people dressed as a baby.
Julia Day looked ethereal as a fairy and Joan Bourque made quite the statement as a peacock.
I'll have more photos from the ball and additional details about who was there and what they were wearing in the - appropriately enough - Halloween edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram. Don't forget to pick up a copy.
Until then, I hope to see you out and about.
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