Truman Capote threw lavish masquerade ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York City in honor of Katherine Graham, publisher of The Washington Post Nov. 28, 1966. More than 60 years later, that evening has inspired many festive engagements, and in this case, it is for a good cause.
Since 2017, Lonnie Green and Anita Crites Milam have hosted Oklahoma City's Black and White Party in the spirit of Capote's iconic ball. This year, the fundraising aspect of the evening benefits Other Options Inc. Founded 30 years ago by Cookie Arbuckle, Other Options provides a food pantry, resources, education and a humanitarian medication program. They serve at-risk individuals and families with a focus on those affected by HIV and AIDS. Other Options serves the entire state of Oklahoma and is volunteer and donor-driven, with 85 cents out of every dollar going straight to the program. If you wish to help volunteer or donate, visit OtherOptionsOKC.org.
The Black and White Party will feature wine and beer, hor's d' oeuvres, a buffet, a cash cocktail bar, a live and silent auction and a raffle. Entertainment will include dancing to music from DJ JoJo Bolds followed by live music from Replay. VIP packages that include premium seating, VIP check-in and an open bar with premium liquor are available.
The attire is "fun formal," and a retro theme is encouraged as well as masks and tiaras. If you are looking for the perfect outfit, check out Bad Granny's Bazaar in the Plaza District (1759 NW 16th St.) for something vintage. For a custom creation and unique accessories, visit Armando Ortiz at The Creative Studio, located in the Paseo Arts District (2928 B. Paseo).
To sponsor or purchase tickets to the Black and White Party, visit OtherOptionsOKC.org/The-Black-White-Party-2019.
Article by Amanda Jane Simcoe
Photography by Aaron Gilliland
Originally published in Historic District Lifestyle