Flagler College New Year’s Eve Gala set

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Continuing a tradition that began in the Gilded Age, Flagler College will once again be the site of one of the area’s most elegant and glamorous New Year’s Eve events. The Flagler College New Year’s Eve Gala will take place at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 in the resplendent ballroom of the College’s campus centerpiece: the former Hotel Ponce de Leon.

This year’s “Black and White Masquerade” theme offers a twist on the popular event: guests may attend in black-tie-formal or masquerade attire. The Music Unlimited Orchestra will headline.

The New Year’s Eve Gala is a highly-anticipated opportunity for the community to enjoy the opulence of the historic Ponce de Leon Dining Hall, built in 1888 as part of the Gilded Age gem Hotel Ponce de Leon. Guests enter through the hotel’s magnificent 80-foot-tall rotunda, which is adorned with gold-leaf murals and intricate mosaic African tile. The opulent setting is ringed with glass windows, golden chandeliers, and wall sconces, all designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Muralist George W. Maynard painted the dining hall ceiling and walls to complement Tiffany’s designs.

Tickets for the gala are $200 per person and include a cocktail hour, plated dinner, dessert buffet, open bar, and a champagne toast at midnight.

The gala raises money for the Flagler College Scholarship Fund, which helps offset tuition costs for many students with financial need. Thirty percent of the ticket price is tax deductible.

For information, call Stephanie Snyder, Assistant Director of College Relations, at 826-8572 or email [email protected]