Flashback to the '40s

In the mood for fun, partygoers keep the joint jumpin' at Flashback to the '40s gala

Partygoers are in the mood for fun at Flashback to the '40s gala

Adele Hartland, Jason Herbert at Mission of Yahweh gala
Adele Hartland, Jason Herbert. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Monica Hartland Blaisdell, Warner Roberts, Samantha Kennedy at Mission of Yahweh gala
Monica Hartland Blaisdell, Warner Roberts, Samantha Kennedy. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Martha Turner, Glenn Bauguss at Mission of Yahweh gala
Martha Turner, Glenn Bauguss. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Daniel Hartland and Amber Hartland at Mission of Yahweh
Daniel Hartland, Amber Hartland. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Cal McNair, Hannah McNair at Mission of Yahweh gala
Cal McNair, Hannah McNair. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Sara Acker, Miranda Rangel, Adele Hartland at Mission of Yahweh gala
Naughty '40s cigarette girls Sarah Acker, Miranda Rangel, Adele Hartland. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Megan Blaisdell, Sarah Hartland, Maston Allen, Anne Burgot at Mission of Yahweh gala
Megan Blaisdell, Sarah Hartland, Maston Allen, Anne Burgot. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Mariana Pitts, Jeffrey Pitts, Michelle Pitts at Mission for Yahweh gala
Mariana Pitts, Jeffrey Pitts, Michelle Pitts. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Krista Somerville, Samantha Kennedy at Mission of Yahweh gala
Krista Sommerville, Samantha Kennedy. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Elizabeth Baird, Michael Baird at Mission of Yahweh gala
Elizabeth Baird, Michael Baird © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
David Kennedy, Megan Blaisdell, Bethany Hibbetts, Matthew Hibbetts at Mission of Yahweh gala
David Kennedy, Megan Blaisdell, Bethany Hibbetts, Matthew Hibbetts.  © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Adele Hartland, Jason Herbert at Mission of Yahweh gala
Monica Hartland Blaisdell, Warner Roberts, Samantha Kennedy at Mission of Yahweh gala
Martha Turner, Glenn Bauguss at Mission of Yahweh gala
Daniel Hartland and Amber Hartland at Mission of Yahweh
Cal McNair, Hannah McNair at Mission of Yahweh gala
Sara Acker, Miranda Rangel, Adele Hartland at Mission of Yahweh gala
Megan Blaisdell, Sarah Hartland, Maston Allen, Anne Burgot at Mission of Yahweh gala
Mariana Pitts, Jeffrey Pitts, Michelle Pitts at Mission for Yahweh gala
Krista Somerville, Samantha Kennedy at Mission of Yahweh gala
Elizabeth Baird, Michael Baird at Mission of Yahweh gala
David Kennedy, Megan Blaisdell, Bethany Hibbetts, Matthew Hibbetts at Mission of Yahweh gala

What: Mission of Yahweh Mission Incredible — Flashback to the '40s gala.

Where: Post Oak Hilton.

The Scoop: When guests saw the invitation to the '40s themed gala, they really got in the the mood with a variety of styles reminscent of that long-ago World War II era. Honoree Sybil Roos, who served as as a WAVE in the United States Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), duplicated her uniform, courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue. Her daughter, Betsy Garlinger, dressed as Rosie the Riveter and won an award in the evening's costume contest. Other winners included Kim Moody and "General Patton" Dan Moody in full dress military uniforms. Chairs Mary Ann and David McKeithan and Kathi and Bill Rovere, along with honorees Samantha Kennedy and Julie Pitts, were all styled as '40s-era Hollywood movie stars.

The Richard Brown Orchestra (aka The Glenn Miller Band) donned military uniforms and kept the "joint jumpin'" with '40s standards while dancers demonstrated the jitterbug, swing and tap dances. Best Dancer trophies went to longtime Mission board member Mel Keike and Linda Lorelle.

The menu also flashed back with such favorites as fried chicken, meatloaf, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, wedge lettuce salad, lime Jell-o salad, standing rib roast, ham, biscuits and cornbread, with a surprise dessert — Coke Floats with brownies and apple pie — served tableside.

And surprise celebrity guest star Marie Bosarge channeled Marilyn Monroe with a rendition of "Diamond are a Girl's Best Friend" from Gentleman Prefer Blonds, which premiered on Broadway in 1949.

The eighth annual gala raised more than $350,000 to support the nonprofit's mission of providing safe haven for homeless women and children as well as food, clothing, job training, child care and spiritual guidance.

Who: Monica Hartland Blasidell, Cal and Hannah McNair, Trini Mendenhall, Betty and John Hrncir, Anne Romano, Charity Yarborough, Eric Andell, Angie and Cliff Roberts, Susan and Henri Soussan, Christine Kirchner, Lisa Grey, Phyllis Williams, Maryann and Jodi Hoffer, Bill and Valerie Meek, Pam Lockard, Ron Sterlekar, Beth Wolff, Barbara Van Postman, Charlie Hartland, Vickie Rizzo, and Cheryl Byington.

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