A group of local Libras are throwing themselves quite the birthday party on Thursday.
And they’re inviting fellow Libras — those born between Sept. 23 and Oct. 22 — and everyone else to join them for the first-ever Libra Ball.
But it’s more than just a birthday celebration. It’s also a fundraiser for the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, a local nonprofit that recycles electronics by providing refurbished computers and equipment to schools, other nonprofits and low-income families.
It all started when Heather Sewell Day and Joshua Holder attended Christy Reeves’ birthday celebration last year. It was at the Manship Theatre, and it benefited the Manship.
“We thought that was so cool. We could do something like that,” says Holder. “We’re all really good friends, and we do things together anyway. We wanted to have a big party and help out some nonprofit at the same time.”
So, when Day and Holder were sharing birthday cake with fellow Libra Heather Kleinpeter Savoy, they started brainstorming.
“Heather (Day) said we should have a ball, but then the idea kind of fizzled,” says Savoy. “And then she called back and said, ‘We’ve got to do this.’”
Day, who sits on the CACRC board, recommded the nonprofit as the beneficiary.
“They have this great space I’ve been eyeing for an event,” says Day of the 6,000-square-foot loft located at 1400 Main St. “I told Josh, Heather and Jaimee (Little) we have this fabulous group of Libras, so instead of us going out to eat every night, let’s do one big, hot party.”
That “fabulous” group also includes Chris Brooks, Rachel and Michael DiResto, Jared Loftus, Gabby “Brew Ha-Ha” Loubiere, Melissa Rainbow Parmelee, Rhetta Sellers, Christopher Suba and Jim Urdiales. They’ll each have a table decorated Mardi Gras-style at the ball, and guests will be able to vote for their favorite Libra as they arrive.
The male and female Libra with the most votes will be crowned king and queen of the ball.
“Libras are all about balance, so this event is about protecting the balance of Mother Earth by recycling,” says Savoy. “We’ll have recyclable cups. DJ Otto will be spinning tunes. Last in Concepts will be setting up satellite bars. Nolie Harmon will be selling environmentally friendly stuff. Security will be provided.”
The evening will also feature acrobats and a “Thriller” flash mob led by Of Moving Colors.
“You can learn the dance once you get there and participate,” adds Savoy.
The original Libras hope to make the Libra Ball! an annual event, with a new group of Libras hosting the next year’s event to benefit a different nonprofit. Attire is “come as you will, the crazier the better,” but Libra-themed costumes are encouraged.