North East Community Center
Masquerade ball is a fundraiser and friendraiser for NECC
Reprinted with permission from The Millerton News, copyright The Lakeville Journal Company, LLC, 2011.

On Friday, Oct. 28, roughly 100 costume-clad revelers attended a masquerade ball and silent auction to benefit the North East Community Center (NECC).

"It was so much fun! It was a huge success," said NECC executive director Jenny Hansell. "People had a blast."

The party, which took place at the home of Pilar Proffitt and Rob Bristow in Lake-ville, was unlike other NECC events in that its goal was to make people have a good time instead of listening to lectures about the NECC's projects, said Hansell.

Party-goers danced the night away while enjoying culinary treats provided by local restaurants and food companies, including No. 9 Restaurant, Coco's Crumbs, Amazing Real Live Cheese, Tousey Winery and Pointy Snout Caviar.

Hansell explained that a lot of people are interested in helping NECC, and this was a fun way for them to do that.

Besides being a fundraiser, Hansell described the event as a "friendraiser," meaning it introduced more people to NECC and will attract new people to help and volunteer with the nonprofit.

Hansell said that she since the event was so popular and successful, she hopes to make it into an annual party, possibly even one of NECC's signature events.

The money raised during the event will help sustain all of NECC's programs, which provide resources to all groups in the community.

For more information about NECC, visit their website,