Opportunity Ball 2011 At Veritas!

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©2011 www.nelsoncountylife.com : All Photos By NCL Mountain Photographer Paul Purpura : It was a packed house this past Saturday night (10.29.11) at Veritas Vineyard & Winery for the annual Opportunity Ball benefitting the Nelson County Community Fund.

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Nelson County, Virginia

Some arrived as hippy throwbacks to the 1960’s, others as Robin Hood. And the ones less adventurous showed up in customary business or formal dress. Nonetheless, everyone had a fantastic time at the 2011 Opportunity Ball at Veritas. The events helps to raise money for The Nelson County Community Fund that issues grants to numerous Nelson non-profits. We’ve been covering the annual gala for years.

Alyssa Mische (right) of Nellysford, who showed up at Saturday night's Opportunity Ball as Robin Hood, chats it up at the 2011 event.

The Opportunity Ball was first held in 2004 to raise funds to help address the need for basic medical and dental care, improved housing, childcare and even food for neighbors in Nelson County. All of the funds raised through sponsorships, auctions and donations are used solely to benefit Nelson County through grants from the Nelson County Community Fund.

Auction items continue to be one of the biggest draws at the annual Opportunity Ball.
There was a wide cross section of costumes and fun at Saturday night's Opportunity Ball.
The Opportunity Ball first began in 2004.

The ball included a 5 course meal paired with the perfect wine from Veritas!

1st
Headless Horseman Pumpkin Potage
Roasted Pumpkin Potage with a Crème Fraîche Swirl, Garnished with Pumpkin Crisps
Paired with Reserve Chardonnay

2nd
Parmesan Tower of Terror
Parmesan Basket with Orzo Pasta Salad and Truffles
Paired with Rosé
3rd
Diablo Seared Shrimp
Grilled, Marinated Shrimp with a Light and Spicy Ginger Cilantro Sauce
Paired with Viognier

4th
Ghoulish Goulash
Tender Chunks of Beef Tenderloin in a Hungarian-Spiced Stew
Paired with Claret

5th
Candy Corn Crème Brûlée
Garnished with Pecan Crisps
Paired with Petit Manseng

The Nelson Blues Brothers!

After a fantastic meal everyone danced the night away!

See you at next year’s ball!

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