In The Groove

Alley Theatre Ball gets in the groove with dance party starring The Temptations

Alley Theatre Ball gets in the groove with Temptations dance party

Butch and Carmen Mach, Julie and Rob Goytia and Carrie and John Vallone at the Alley Theatre Gala
Butch and Carmen Mach, Julie and Rob Goytia, Carrie and John Vallone . Photo by Dave Rossman
Susana Brener de Stern and Dr. Juan Stern at the Alley Theatre Ball
Susana Brener de Stern, Dr. Juan Stern. Photo by Dave Rossman
Alley Theatre In the Groove Gala with Temptations
The Temptations hit the stage in matching tomato-red tuxedos. Jacob Power Photography
Gregory Boyd and honoree Randall Jamail at the Alley Theatre Ball
Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd and the evening's honoree, Randall Jamail. Photo by Dave Rossman
Dean and Jane Gladden with chairs Florence and Tom Langford at the Alley Theatre Ball
Alley managing director Dean Gladden, Jane Gladden, and event chairs Florence and Tom Langford. Photo by Dave Rossman
Tami and Sam Kazdal at the Alley Theatre Ball "In the Groove"
Sam Kazdal, Tami Kazdal. Photo by Dave Rossman
Valerie and Spencer Chase at the Alley Theatre Ball
Valerie Chase, Spencer Chase. Photo by Dave Rossman
Anthony Petrello, Cynthia Petrello, Richard Flowers at Alley Theatre Ball
Anthony Petrello, Cynthia Petrello, Richard Flowers. Photo by Dave Rossman
Overview of Alley Theatre In the Groove Gala with Temptations
Spring Street Studios was transformed into a lounge/nightclub for the Alley Ball. Jacob Power Photography
Dorothy and Ronny Cuenod at the Alley Theatre Ball
Dorothy Cuenod, Ronny Cuenod. Photo by Dave Rossman
Marc and Amanda Eichenbaum at the Alley Theatre Ball
Marc and Amanda Eichenbaum show off their dance moves. Jacob Power Photography
Butch and Carmen Mach, Julie and Rob Goytia and Carrie and John Vallone at the Alley Theatre Gala
Susana Brener de Stern and Dr. Juan Stern at the Alley Theatre Ball
Alley Theatre In the Groove Gala with Temptations
Gregory Boyd and honoree Randall Jamail at the Alley Theatre Ball
Dean and Jane Gladden with chairs Florence and Tom Langford at the Alley Theatre Ball
Tami and Sam Kazdal at the Alley Theatre Ball "In the Groove"
Valerie and Spencer Chase at the Alley Theatre Ball
Anthony Petrello, Cynthia Petrello, Richard Flowers at Alley Theatre Ball
Overview of Alley Theatre In the Groove Gala with Temptations
Dorothy and Ronny Cuenod at the Alley Theatre Ball
Marc and Amanda Eichenbaum at the Alley Theatre Ball

The dress code for the Alley Theatre Ball 2017 urged guests to "Get Your Groove On Attire," so after a spring social season of sometimes stuffy black tie galas, it was time for partygoers to let loose.

More than 350 guests dressed in their grooviest '70s threads for the gala, which featured a special appearance by The Temptations amid the settings of a Motown Lounge. Richard Flowers of The Events Company transformed Silver Street Studios into a posh nightclub, with reproductions of the famed singing group's platinum and gold records on the walls.

Amid the snazzy dressers, Alley board president Butch Mach led the way in a psychedelic floral shirt and shades, while Beth Muecke looked glam in a shiny sequined mini dress, Vivian Wise stood out in a slinky beaded jumpsuit, Maria Bassa exuded flower power in a floral tunic and matching headband, and Fady Armanious sported an Afro wig that rose two-feet high, confirming the adage, "the bigger the hair, the closer to God."

Alley managing director Dean Gladden looked prom-ready in a paisley tuxedo with oversized bow tie and ruffled blue shirt, while his wife, Jane, sported a fringe vest with peace necklace and daisy-chain headband. Susana Brener de Stern, in a form-fitting lace jumpsuit, and Dr. Juan Stern, in a metallic gold shirt with matching medallion, looked like glam extras in Saturday Night Fever.

The groovy guests gathered during cocktail hour, where they nibbled on such '70s delicacies as cheese fondue, Swedish meatballs, escargot, and coconut shrimp, and bid on silent auction items, including a photo safari to Africa, and trips to Tuscany, Napa Valley, Costa Rica, The Virgin Islands, and Cabo San Lucas and Punta Mita, Mexico.

For the main course, City Kitchen provided a themed feast of wedge salad, steak Diane, twice-baked potato and asparagus, with a chocolate toffee ice box pie with caramel sauce and an espresso cookie for dessert.

After Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd saluted Randall Jamail, the evening's honoree, for his support of new playwrights and the creation of new theater work, the Temptations hit the stage  — all five members dressed in tomato-red tuxedos amid a neon-lit backdrop — and performed a nonstop array of hits, including “Just my Imagination,” “My Girl,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone," as guests packed the dance floor.

For late night dancers, Kalkutta took over at the DJ booth as the partying continued.

Event chairs Florence and Tom Langford were thrilled that the evening raised more than $500,000. Also celebrating were Cynthia and Tony Petrello, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, Janet and John Carrig, Hallie Vanderhider, underwriting chairs Mady and Ken Kades, Josephine and Phil John, Trini Mendenhall, Mike Loya and Cory Whitefield, Pat Breen, Connie and Roger Plank, Eve and Bob Harrell, Diane Lokey Farb and John BernhardSarah Morgan and Oscar Brown, Carmen Mach, Randall and Crystal Wright, Frank Billingsley and Kevin Gilliard, and Shannon Carter.

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