January 27, 2012
Tom and Brenda Basso rented costumes from a shop in Phoenix. Brenda wore a hoop skirt and a bonnet jauntily cocked to one side. Tom matched her with a bowler hat and suit. The couple tore up the dance floor winning the award for Best Dancers.
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The Mogollon Health Alliance’s (MHA) Black and White Ball has enough class to hold its own in any city, but the small-town touches made it truly Payson. This year the event netted $45,000 to benefit the numerous charitable works the MHA does to promote rural health care. On Saturday, more than 100 people gathered in a transformed bingo room of the Mazatzal Casino. Decorations transported guests to the bygone elegant and romantic era of early century San Francisco. Stars interspersed with tiny lights hung from the ceiling to create a night sky. On the tables, larger than life martini glasses dripped dripped with pearls and long, white gloves. Pictures of 1906 San Francisco, flappers and Gibson girls hung on the walls. On the stage, the 20-piece Sonoran Swing big band played lively dance music.