Contractors for a Cause gala taps into Roaring ’20s

Contractors for a Cause is taking Frankford back in time and turning a local fire hall into a speakeasy this weekend, for their annual spring gala on Saturday, June 13.

The theme is a “Roaring ’20s Prohibition Ball,” and people can dress to impress at Frankford fire hall from 7 to 11 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Think mobster-chic and flapper dresses for this year’s fundraiser.

“We try to change up the theme every year,” said CFAC’s Brian Hinds. “So if you’re going to come, bring a flapper dress. I’m wearing a fedora.”

This is the first time the event will feature an official costume contest, with prizes for the top male and female costumes.

“Since people dressed up in the past, we thought, ‘Let’s make it really serious.’ People can get really into it,” Hinds said.

Guests can win big in a live auction, raffles and “Chinese” auction. Big-ticket prizes include a beach bike, ocean kayak, a smart TV, a two-night stay at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, time on a party bus, Michael Ohrlein art, golf foursomes at local golf ranges and more.

D.J. Decibel is coming from Baltimore to rock the house. When not dancing or gaming, guests can enjoy a cash bar or heavy hors d’oeuvres from MAC’s Catering and Delaware Distilling Company.

Guests can try their luck at a roulette wheel, craps table and blackjack. CFAC has gotten all the necessary permits and is bringing dealers from a casino in Berlin, Md., to raise the stakes. People can play with chips, and lucky winners can trade their winnings for raffle tickets, too.

All proceeds benefit community projects, such as the group’s annual $5,000 in scholarship awards. CFAC’s Helping Hands program offers disadvantaged community members help with special projects. For example, they built a wheelchair ramp and handicapped-accessible bathroom for a man who injured his spine in a surfing accident, so he could continue living in his home.

The Good Neighbor program continues to support many local causes, including the Justin W. Jennings Foundation and Hogan’s Heroes.

“We have so many people that volunteer their time. We also have people that own distributorships for lumber and building materials, so all those people are donating… When we go to build something, it’s very hard for us to spend the money,” Hinds joked.

“There’s gonna be plenty of alcohol. It’s going to be period [décor] … silent movies projected onto the wall. We’re going to have lots of auctions,” Hinds said. “There’s going to be so much going on. … All those things combined, I think the night’s gonna fly by.”

Besides people having a good time, Hinds said they’ll be supporting a group that has made a big impact in the community.

Contractors for a Cause is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization of local contractors who give back to the community that supports them.

According to the CFAC website, the first gala had “humble beginnings,” at a member’s home, in 2000. “Whether the event is a Black Tie Affair, Hawaiian Luau, or even a Casino Royale, the original spirit of the gathering is still alive and well…” the website states.

“Everything we do impacts our local community,” Hinds said, “and we, as contractors, want to give back to the community that has been so kind to us and made us so successful in our careers.”

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