Get Dolled Up Like Marie Antoinette for Sojourner House's Masquerade Ball

Break out your finest eighteenth century attire (or just wear purple) for the fifth annual event that includes a "Let Them Eat Cake" contest.

Halloween and Comic Con may be over, but here’s another chance to dress up. This Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Sojourner House is hosting its fifth annual Masquerade Ball inside the grand ballroom at the Providence Biltmore. This year’s theme is Marie Antoinette, and as you can imagine, there will be lots of dessert. But before you have your cake and eat it, too, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live music and dancing, plus performances by Chifferobe’s TropiGalsMiss Wensday and The Cotillions, Marc Trachtenberg, and the King and Queen, too.

As for the party theme, pull on your best powdered wig and hoop skirt, a mask, or simply wear black, cream and purple in support of Sojourner House. There will be a large silent auction filled with holiday gift ideas and the RI Food Fights-sponsored Marie Antoinette-themed cake contest will challenge the city’s best bakeries to produce the top tiered masterpiece. The guests will get to sample the results!

The “Let Them Eat Cake Contest” includes entries from Amy's Apples, Decadent Designs by Jean, Julians, Patticakes, Sin, Sweet Althea's and Trixie's Bakery and Cafe. There will be a court of nobles in attendance to judge the cake contest, including Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, NBC 10 Weekend Sunrise anchor Mario Hilario, Drew Shotts of Garrison Confections, Miss Rhode Island USA Theresa Agonia, the Lady Project’s and Johnson and Wales University’s Sierra Barter, Jamie Coelho from Rhode Island Monthly (shameless plug!), Miss Teen Rhode Island USA Malia Cruz, Mrs. Rhode Island America Cindy Salazar Burke, and Erika Van Pelt, past contestant on “American Idol.”

Tickets are $85 per person or $100 for a ticket that includes a glass of prosecco at the cocktail hour. You can also reserve a court-side table for five for $500, which includes prosecco for each guest. There will be a cash bar at the event. Even if you can’t attend the event, you can enter for a chance to win the Sojourner House Masquerade Ball Vacation Give-Away. The prize includes round-trip domestic airfare for two on JetBlue, plus one-day Park Hopper passes to Walt Disney World in Orlando. Only 500 tickets will be sold for $20 each, so the odds are in your favor. Ticket buyers can reach out to to arrange the sale offline.

Sojourner House is a nonprofit organization founded in 1976 by Providence residents and Brown University students who were concerned about what was then a silent epidemic: domestic violence. In its nearly forty-year history, Sojourner House has often been a pioneering organization. Thanks to the efforts of many supporters, Sojourner House has grown from a part-time, all-volunteer hotline into a provider of comprehensive services available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to victims of abuse. Sojourner House offers support groups, emergency shelter, transitional housing, sexual health advocacy, emotional support, referrals to more than fifty other community partners providing additional assistance and more. Last year they assisted more than 3,000 new clients. Even if you can’t make the Masquerade Ball, you can still donate to the cause!