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The Ocean House’s Black & White ball will benefit local businesses devastated by Hurricane Sandy

A masquerade ball, recreating Truman Capote's famed 1966 Black and White ball, will be held February 23rd at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, R.I. to raise funds for businesses devastated by Hurricane Sandy in neighboring Misquamicut Beach.

 
Black and White Masquerade fundraiser
Black and White Masquerade fundraiser
PRLog - Jan. 22, 2013 - PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- WESTERLY, R.I. -- The Ocean House will host a Black and White masquerade gala in February to benefit the post-Hurricane-Sandy rebuilding of neighboring Misquamicut Beach. Mirroring Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White Masquerade—known as the party of 20th Century—the event is poised to be the party of the season, and will serve as a key fundraiser for Misquamicut.

The Black and White Masquerade will feature fine black and white cuisine, cocktails, live music by High Defintion, wine donated by nearby Jonathan Edwards Winery, beer donated by Cottrell Brewing, and a specially created “Bring Back the Beach” blonde ale from Westerly’s Grey Sail Brewing. Along with ticket proceeds, the evening’s live and silent auctions—featuring everything from luxury vacation getaways and coveted tickets to national sporting events and fine jewelry—will entirely benefit the Jump Start Small Business Recovery Grant Fund, which provides Misquamicut businesses with grants to help them rebuild in time for the summer 2013 season.

Misquamicut, a favorite summer playground for the region and a key to Rhode Island tourism revenue, suffered New England’s worst Hurricane Sandy destruction. Hurricane Sandy caused an estimated $14 million in damages to this community, comprised entirely of small, locally owned businesses. The Jump Start Small Business Recovery Grant Fund was established by the Greater Westerly Chamber Foundation to help those businesses in their rebuilding efforts and the Black and White Masquerade event will serve as the Fund’s primary fundraiser before the 2013 summer season.

“Hurricane Sandy ripped apart Misquamicut Beach in October, but it brought together our greater Westerly community. The Ocean House has blown us away in putting together this amazing event that will both be the social event of the season, and will serve as our Foundation’s largest fundraiser,” says Lisa Konicki, executive director of the Greater Westerly Chamber of Commerce. “The success of this event is critical to providing much-needed grants to Misquamicut’s small businesses and ensuring that our beloved seaside community is back and better than ever for the 2013 season.”

In an effort to create a magical evening that will maximize proceeds for the Jump Start Small Business Recovery Grant Fund, the Ocean House is painstakingly recreating Truman Capote’s Black and White event. The entire Black and White Masquerade is based on Deborah Davis’s acclaimed and detailed book about Capote’s event: “The Party of the Century”, and Davis is expected to attend at the event.

“This is a very important event for us here at the Ocean House,” said Daniel Hostettler, President and Managing Director of the Ocean House. “It is a way for us to support and aid the local businesses and fellow hoteliers who suffered so much loss during Hurricane Sandy. We were extremely fortunate to have minimal damage to our property, so when we got the call from the Greater Westerly Chamber of Commerce to partner with them to raise money we did not hesitate. Helping and supporting our local community is important to our staff and is part of our culture.”

The Black and White masquerade is Feb. 23, 2013 at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, R.I., from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Tickets, which are tax deductible, are $125. Attendance is limited to 500 and tickets are available exclusively online at http://oceanhouseevents.com/?p=5762.

About the Jump Start Small Business Recovery Grant Fund

The Jump Start Small Business Recovery Grant Fund was established by the Greater Westerly Chamber Foundation in response to Hurricane Sandy’s devastation of Misquamicut Beach. The Misquamicut business community—comprised entirely of small businesses—suffered an estimated $14 million in damages from Hurricane Sandy in October. The Jump Start Small Business Recovery Grant Fund, thanks to fundraisers, corporate support and personal donations, is providing grants to those small businesses to help them recover and rebuild in time for the 2013 summer season. All donations will be allocated directly to recovery and rebuilding. As an initiative of the 501c3 Greater Westerly Chamber Foundation, all Jump Start Small Business Recovery Grant Fund donations are tax deductible. Donations can be sent to 1 Chamber Way, Westerly, RI 02891. For more information, please visit www.westerlychamber.org.

About the Ocean House

The Ocean House, one of New England’s last grand hotels, re-opened its doors in June 2010 after a $140 million rebuild and restoration. The 136-year-old property, originally built just after the Civil War, is perched high on the bluffs in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Guests enjoy sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Montauk and Block Island from the resort’s 49 guestrooms and 13 signature suites. Farm-to-table casual and fine dining, the 12,000-square-foot OH! Spa and more than 10,000 square feet of event space make the Ocean House ideal for mid-week business retreats, close-to-home family vacations, weekend luxury escapes and destination weddings. This stately property is a member of Relais & Châteaux, an association of 475 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 55 countries that has set the standard for excellence in hospitality, as well as a member of Preferred Boutique™, the elite collection of intimate hotels and resorts launched in 2005 by Preferred Hotel Group. For more information, please visit www.oceanhouseri.com or call 401-584-7000.

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