The second annual Ice Ball, a fundraiser for the Fund for Cape May, raised over $200,000 that will go toward city beautification projects. Congress Hall hosted 300 guests (including us!) for dinner and dancing, transforming their ballroom and Grand Lawn into a winter fantastyland: solo flute, servers dashing about in white earmuffs, flickering candles suspended from white branches at the center of each table. Blue-green light illuminated the perimeter of the tent — the second put up for the event. The first had collapsed that morning due to snow.
The Fund for Cape May is a non-profit partnership organization. Its first project is in coordination with the city of Cape May for the beautification of Rotary Park, enabling upgraded fencing, benches and other amenities including a large central fountain, gas lamps, and bicycle racks. Guests pledged their support for the lamps, fencing, and bicycle racks in under five minutes at this year’s event. We can’t wait to see the results.