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Stars will be out at Gala

The stars will be out this Saturday night for the Lights of Ennis Costume Gala.
This year’s theme is “famous couples” and organizers are looking forward to seeing guests dressed up as well-known couples from history, Hollywood, the comics, or even the present day.
“There will be fabulous prizes for the best costumes,” said event organizer Harriett Adams.
The Gala begins at 7 p.m. and includes a gourmet dinner, drinks, live music by The Pontiax Band and dancing under the lights behind Adams’ home, the historic Raphael House, located at 500 W. Ennis Ave. In addition to the dance floor and tent behind the Raphael House, guests will also be able to stroll next door to the “Starlight Lounge” (also known as the Kolache Depot Bakery) for dancing and piano music by request performed by Robert Brazier.
Brown Street Café is catering the affair and guests will enjoy a gourmet meal to go along with the festive atmosphere. There will be a live auction with 10 items up for bids.
“We make it a point to limit the number of auction items and move it along quickly,” Adams said.
Several local businesses and individuals are sponsoring this year’s gala, which is the primary fund-raiser for the Lights of Ennis. The Lights of Ennis decorates the city’s downtown buildings with Christmas lights during the holiday season.
“We are so thankful for our sponsors,” Adams said. “We couldn’t do this without their support.”
Aurora Borealis ($5,000) sponsors this year are Walgreen’s, Suez Energy and Don V. Ingram of Summit Partners in Dallas. St. Elmo’s Fire ($2,500) sponsors are Ennis State Bank, Citizens National Bank, Dr. John Sullivan and Dr. Kevin Williams. A list of all the Lights of Ennis sponsors will be published in the Ennis Daily News at a later date.
There’s still time to make reservations for the Gala by calling 972-878-2400 and this year Adams is hoping to see the biggest crowd yet. The cost of the event is $125 per person or $250 per couple and includes dinner, drinks and entertainment.
Those who want to attend the Gala, but don’t want to miss Saturday’s football match-up between Texas Tech and the University of Texas will be able to watch the game on a 72-inch television to be set up behind the bar at the event. Aaron’s in Ennis is donating the TV for use at the Gala.
The auction items guests will be bidding on include a diamond and ruby bracelet, a unique pair of oil paintings Adams said are sure to be a hit, a double-strand necklace of Russian amber and a Tahitian pearl necklace with a topaz pendant. Other auction items include a two-tiered chandelier with votives and an antique walnut display case. Adventurous guests will have the chance to bid on “a magical night in old Marrakesh” dinner, which will feature elaborate entertainment.
“It’s going to be held at my house, but it’s going to seem like Morocco,” Adams said of the dinner.
Another auction item perfect for a group purchase will be a wine-tasting for 20 people featuring cheeses, smoked salmon and caviar.
“It will be led by a Dallas wine expert who will come to Ennis for the wine-tasting,” Adams said. The wine-tasting will be held at Adams’ home.
Ennis Lion fans will have the opportunity to bid on a one-of-a-kind football autographed by the coaches and all four quarterbacks of Ennis High School’s championship teams.
Adams said the Gala would even feature a pair of “celebrity” guests – Sean Kight and Curtis Patton. Kight and Patton are the two Flower Mound High School seniors who made national news last month after donning a gorilla costume (Kight) and a banana costume (Patton) and chasing each other down the football field during a game. The two were actually jailed briefly following the prank, drawing national media attention because of the harsh punishment by Flower Mound police and school officials.
The weather is expected to be pleasant on Saturday, but just in case it turns cool, Adams said space heaters would be on hand to keep guests warm while they’re outside.

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