Written By Lisa Breslin

More than 319 people gathered for Carroll Community College Foundation’s annual Starry Night benefit gala on Thursday, December 11.

Attendees dined on lamb chops, seafood from a raw bar and entrŽes from a pasta station provided by Johansson’s Catering as showgirls circulated among the crowd in the college’s glittering Great Hall.

The highlight of the Vegas-themed celebration was “The Rat Pack,” with Brian Duprey (appearing as Frank Sinatra), Kenny Jones (appearing as Sammy Davis Jr.), Johnny Edwards (appearing as Dean Martin) and Tom Wallek (appearing as Joey Bishop).

“If you closed your eyes, you wouldn’t have known the difference. The performers were that good,” said Westminster resident Tom Welliver. “From the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Marvin Hamlisch and now The Rat Pack, this event has provided the best entertainment in the county for the last three years.”

Proceeds from the $125-per- ticket, black-tie-optional event and a silent auction are expected to net between $35,000 and $40,000, according to Steve Wantz, director of the Community College Foundation,
“It was a spectacular evening,” said Westminster resident Melanie Burrier, who attended the event with her husband, Todd Burrier, the event’s master of ceremonies.

For one night, Vegas thrills and showgirls came to Carroll County. It was quite a night,” said attendee Chris Rolle.