Great Gatsby and guests
Great Gatsby and guests

"I like large parties. They're so intimate. At small parties there isn't any privacy. F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby"

Well, there was certainly a whole lot of laughing, partying, drinking, eating, singing, dancing, spending money and rolling the dice on Sept. 22, when Vesper Country Club hosted its third annual "The Great Gatsby Casino Night."

This ritzy, glitzy extravaganza benefited Breast Cancer Research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in honor of Vesper's annual Dawn to Dusk Charity Fundraiser, the popular golf marathon that takes place each summer and is organized and founded by Vesper "old sports" George Popp and Ken Kaiser, who are always smiling and happy-go-lucky. The marathon consists of the pals teeing off at 5 a.m., each walking and carrying his own golf bag, and more than 100 holes, all for cancer research! VCC President Angelo Sakelarios, has chosen this charity in recognition of the fundraiser's 10th and final anniversary.

Just shy of 100 of Gatsby's upper-class friends were decked out to the nines in Roaring '20s attire, sipping fancy cocktails, and enjoying timeless provisions and a lively atmosphere boasting of blackjack, poker, craps and roulette tables.

What I found most interesting was the sassy Vesper mixologist, May Bond, who dressed in Gatsby gangster, popped a bottle of champagne, poured a glass of bubbly and added a splash of vodka, one of the signature cocktails of the evening, called "The Garden Party.


" Champagne was a Gatsby party-goer's favorite, but back than they called it "giggle water. Ladies in the 1920s weren't allowed to have vodka so they put a splash in their champagne so no one would know. That's the berries!

This single event raised $5,000. For more information, visit