The Masked Ball at The Ritz was an elegant affair that incorporated a hint of mystery in the air.

The Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains annual gala took place at The Ritz-Carlton on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

The evening program included a lovely welcome and silent auction, where guests were delighted with the elegance of the masks, the items to be bid on, and the drinks and appetizers served.

Pianist Eric French filled the room with joyous classics. Laughter was abundant, and when dinner was served, spirits were high. As guests flooded into the reception hall, entertainment by the Gayle Leali Quartet was filling the air with gorgeous voices and instruments.

Comedian Sam Adams had the crowd enjoying themselves even further throughout the meal.

LFS President and CEO Jim Barclay gave a resounding welcome to guests, along with stories of compassion that left guests thankful they were able to participate.

Distinguished awards were also presented by Jim Barclay, and included Eagle Wings Awards for Saint Lukes Lutheran Church; Realities for Children based in Fort Collins, CO; and Gary Gabrielson of Colorado Springs, CO. Special thanks were also delivered to sponsors of the gala.

The planning committee included Nancy Beyer, Dee Gonzales, Sarah Jacobsen, Karla Kalahar, Jeanne Maloney, Shelia Singletery, and Margie Versen.

The 21st annual gala was a night that in the words of Jim Barclay, President and CEO, had a fundamental purpose of “strengthening LFS’ ability to bring help and hope to others through faith-inspired service.” It appears to have done just that.