SRQ Hosts Bal Masque Preview Party

Models wore stunning dresses at the SRQ Bal Masque VIP Preview Party provided by Saks Fifth Avenue. Masks by i tesori. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Models wore stunning dresses at the SRQ Bal Masque VIP Preview Party provided by Saks Fifth Avenue. Masks by i tesori. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

We didn’t think it was possible to be more excited about 2015 Bal Masqué than we were on Monday. The performance lineup has been announced. The food order is set. And we have visions of beautiful dances in our heads. Then, we hosted a VIP Preview Party on Tuesday evening for members of the Harlequin Club, sponsor representatives and our beneficiaries, and now we’re counting down the days to October 3rd.

Guests of the SRQ Bal Masque VIP Party enjoyed savory bites from Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Guests of the SRQ Bal Masque VIP Party enjoyed savory bites from Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

As guests arrived to Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue, they were greeted with champagne and some of the most delicious small bites we’ve ever tasted – including crowd favorites of lump crab cakes and fried goat cheese topped with pistachios and honey. Always elegant, Sophie’s was the perfect location for a sophisticated preview party for Sarasota’s premier annual gala.

Elizabeth Fisher, Selah Freedom, (left) enjoys conversation with Jesse White (center) of Sarasota Architectural Salvage and Wes Roberts of SRQ Media. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Elizabeth Fisher, Selah Freedom, (left) enjoys conversation with Jesse White (center) of Sarasota Architectural Salvage and Wes Roberts of SRQ Media. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Models mingled with guests while wearing some of the season’s hottest gowns that were selected by Saks Fifth Avenue Marketing Director Sally Schule. Bold prints and stunning hues from La Petite Robe, Teri Jon, Theia and BCBGMAXAZARIA were modeled throughout the evening. Expertly paired with gorgeous handmade Venetian masks from i tesori in downtown Sarasota, the evening’s looks were a lovely preview of the elegant attire worn by guests to Bal Masqué.

Models at Sophie's at Saks Fifth Avenue wore Bal Masque inspired dresses with masks from i tesori. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Models at Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue wore Bal Masque inspired dresses with masks from i tesori. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

If Tuesday night was any indication, we fully predict that October 3rd will be an unforgettable evening of fun with great people. To purchase your tickets, visit SRQBALMASQUE.COM. 

Marybeth Flynn (left) and Kelly Davis Strausbaugh enjoyed conversation and libations at the Bal Masque Preview Party. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Marybeth Flynn (left) and Kelly Davis Strausbaugh enjoyed conversation and libations at the Bal Masque Preview Party. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

A gallery of images from VIP Preview Party can be viewed here.

Champagne greeted guests as they arrived to the Bal Masque VIP Preview Party. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Champagne greeted guests as they arrived to the Bal Masque VIP Preview Party. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

See you on October 3rd!

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