CRESTVIEW Storm or no storm, the "Casino Royale" themed Blue Jean Ball fund-raiser for Covenant Hospice will go ahead as scheduled, organizers said, and the beehive of activity in community center Friday backed them up.


CRESTVIEW Without the benefit of a fairy godmother to wave a wand to prepare for this ball, Covenant Hospice volunteers descended on the Crestview Community Center Friday and got to work.



Storm or no storm, the "Casino Royale" themed Blue Jean Ball fund-raiser will go ahead as scheduled, organizers said, and the beehive of activity in community center Friday backed them up.



Dr. Don Grundel teetered on a ladder to hang a dazzling chandelier near the front of the room, "under the bossy expertise of Laura Chamberlain," Chamberlain herself pointed out.



Meanwhile, Grundel's wife, Bonnie, supervised the transformation of the lobby into an elegant casino foyer, befitting the classy world of James Bond and the fictional casino that lent its name to Saturday night's ball.



As supporters arranged merchandise for the silent auction, hung banners, arranged 007 film posters and set tables, Covenant Hospice development manager Jenni Perkins praised their efforts and dedication, "and for putting up with me."



"If it wasn't for these people, this event would not be as successful as it is," Perkins said. "It couldn't happen without them."



Doors to "Casino Royale" open at 6 p.m. Saturday evening for the Blue Jean Ball. Tickets are $60 and are available at the door.



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