The ladies heading to Donalda Community Hall on Nov. 15 were in serious danger of being Rick-Rolled, but all for a good cause.
The second annual Ladies’ Night Out in Donalda raised money for the local school and took on a new theme this year, sending its guests back to the ‘80s with big hair, day-glo clothes, and the synth-heavy rock and pop power ballads that made names for musicians like Madonna, Jon Bon Jovi and Rick Astley, whose music has been turned into the Internet meme known as Rick-Rolling.
Big hair was in sight around every corner, as were bright neon clothes and spandex aerobics clothes as party-goers, some who were just babies themselves during the ‘80s, took a step back in time.
One of the event organizers, Shauna Wilkie, said the event came close to selling out, falling just tickets short of last year’s inaugural event.
Last year, the event raised money for the new playground at the school which recently had its grand opening.
While the money from this year’s evening will still be going to the school, it hasn’t been earmarked for one specific project, she said.
“We had such super-positive feedback after last year’s event that we just had to do it again,” Wilkie said.
Classic games from the 1980s were on every table, whether it was a board game or a Rubik’s cube, and other ‘80s standbys like Twister were set up for people to play.
Donalda’s Mary Mueller won $40 and a handmade scarf after being declared the person with the best ‘80s costume, and the 50/50 draw put nearly $500 into the pockets of the school and the winner alike.
Dinner was catered by Donalda’s Teresa’s Catering, providing a hot ham and potato dinner for the partygoers.