May 21, 2013
Walking in the fourth street entrance of the Duke Energy Center, I can’t help but feel like I’m in a giant convention center. Well, that’s because I am. And that’s why I always say the Convention Center is where parties go to die, but in the case of Saturday’s Celestial Ball After Party, the graveyard was thumping in all of its black lit glory.
I wish I could have made it for the actual gala, but alas I was a few blocks away at Exhibitionism 3, another party with the unforgettable Joe Rigotti touch. Thus, he’s the one to whom I’ll give the credit for turning the massive (dreaded word) “convention” space into a room worth inhabiting. The theme was prom, but I think “My Sweet 16″ or a Goldberg Bar Mitzvah Bash would have been equally as believable. Either way you slice it, no one was complaining.
The highlights included light up (possibly seizure inducing) bracelets, neon colored fedoras, a candy bar, Framester photo shoot, and more. Tunes were brought to us live by Rumplestiltskin, and I don’t mean the scaly skinned guy on Once Upon A Time. It’s a seven piece band with both female and male vocalists. Although some of the big wigs left before breaking it down on the dance floor (cough… I saw Cris Collinsworth and his wife exit the building upon my entrance), there were plenty of attendees who stayed to get their prom pictures taken and their glow stick cherries popped.
Of course the reason for this fab-U-lous affair is to benefit the children, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in particular. This year Neil Armstrong, who passed last August, was the hero honored. The money raised will go to support the Neil Armstrong New Frontiers Initiative at CCHMC, which strives to improve care and find cures for pediatric diseases through advanced research. I don’t have an exact figure on the amount raised but from what people were saying, it’s a whole lotta Benjamins.
For a look at the complete photo album from the evening, please click HERE.to top ↑