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Fifth annual Great Gatsby Gala ready to roar

PLATTSBURGH - With a theme based on the Roaring '20s, the Great Gatsby Gala promises to be a fun-filled night.

The fundraiser, which will be held at the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum this Saturday, May 22, will be the fifth annual, and focuses on raising money for the museum's Kids Station.

The interactive museum, which has been in the works for many years, is being funded in part by a state Department of Transportation grant worth $1 million. However, it's a 20 percent matching grant, which requires $200,000 to be raised.

"It will be the only place in the area that truly has a kids museum," said Joanne Vaccaro, an organizer for the Kids Station. "It's a great cause."

The event, which will be held from 5-11 p.m., will feature the Frontier Saxophone Quartet during dinner, with a deejay to follow. The meal, which will be served buffet-style, will feature chicken breast with wild rice, vegetarian lasagna, baked potatoes, green beans, tossed salad, dessert and coffee. There will also be appetizers prior to the buffet.

"Usually people dress in 1920s garb," said CVTM docent Dick Soper. "Zoot suits and the ladies in the typical attire of the time."

Admission to the gala is $60 per person, or $550 for a table of 10.

"It's a very slow operation," Soper explained of getting the Kids Station up and running. "We're really at the preliminary stages of the actual construction."

For more information or to order tickets, contact Katie Beth Garenani at 324-6666.

"It's fun," Soper said of the gala. "That's the primary thing that I think people enjoy. It's a chance to dress up. We always have a good time."

"It's something different to do that's a bit different than what people normally do around here," he added.

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