LCC Foundation Plans “Gatsby Holiday Gala” Fundraiser

November 16, 2023


Gatsby Holiday Gala

Take a step back in time 100 years to the “roaring ‘20s” as the Labette Community College Foundation presents a night of food, drinks, music, and fun at the Gatsby Holiday Gala on Saturday, December 9. This signature event is part of the yearlong celebration of LCC’s 100th anniversary.

The Gatsby Holiday Gala, sponsored by McCarty’s Office Machines, is set to take place at the Edwards Manor House, 1527 Morgan Avenue, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “The LCC Foundation will be putting on the ritz and serving up the hootch,” said Lindi Forbes, Foundation Executive Director. “Dust off your glad rags, grab your friends, and make your way to the Cardinal Speakeasy.”

This elite event has a limited capacity of only 75 guests. Guests will enjoy exquisite hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails, wine, beer, and special appearances by famous Cardinals from LCC’s history. Live music, including hits from the Roaring Twenties and classic Christmas carols, will be performed by Joe Burke.

“The Edwards Manor House will be the perfect place to host our fundraiser and speakeasy,” said Forbes. “It has period architecture, furnishings, and décor that transports guests to bygone days of glamour and excess. On top of that, the manor will be decorated to the nines with multiple Christmas trees, twinkle lights, and holiday cheer.” Overnight accommodation can be booked at or by calling 979-575-9290.

Admission to the event is $100 per person to reflect LCC’s 100 years of providing excellent education. The ticket includes a special memento, the password to access the speakeasy lounge, a complimentary cigar donated by Free State Cigars, and free drinks from the bar. Funds raised will benefit LCC students through scholarships and other educational needs. Tickets can be confirmed by contacting Forbes at or 620-820-1212 or online at

1920s attire is strongly encouraged but not required. Prizes will be given to the guests wearing the best roaring 20s outfits. 

Once tickets are purchased, no further fundraising activities will occur during the event. “Guests will not be asked to participate in auctions, raffles, or anything of the like,” Forbes said. “We hope people will want to help celebrate this historic milestone for our college by dressing up and enjoying a fun night of pretending we’re in the roaring 20s.”

PR Contacts

Lindi Forbes

Interim Director of Public Relations
(620) 820-1212