Marge Woodfin, Pilot staff writer

The Second Annual Barnacle Ball, Sat., Nov. 7, "Nightfall at the

Blue Lagoon," filled the Seascape Center in Harbor with music,

laughter, dancing, dining, and wild bidding, to keep the important

KASPER (Kids After School Program of Education and Recreation alive and

well for another year.

When the Barnacle Ball was introduced last year the announcement

included the claim that planners were "going for elegance," and

elegance was definitely a part of this year's ball as well.

The months of planning, weeks of preparing, and days of decorating and setting up resulted in an evening of fun and frolic for approximately 125 participants. Judging from response to the opening mood music, provided by Katrien and Tim Mueller, it set just the right ambiance for the evening.

The later dance music by "Mercy" brought dancers to the floor who appeared to be having a good time.

Auctioneer Dan Brattain managed to keep the bidding going to great heights for unusual and interesting items, including tickets to Britt Festival's Classical Concert and a night at The McCully House Bed and Breakfast; six surf lessons from Joe Stoops plus wet suit, dinner for two prepared in his home by Elmo Williams plus a "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" DVD; five yoga sessions plus massage and a sauna session; the opportunity to be principal for a day at Kalmiopsis School; a night's stay at Tu Tanduacute; Tun Lodge with a bracelet from Har-Brook jewelers, a bottle of Jacq Cellar 22 Black Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 from Movino Wine Bar plus wine glasses; a helicopter tour of Brookings-Harbor with a picnic on top of Harbor Hills for three; and additional entertaining things to do, plus paintings and a six-month membership to Fitness at the Club.

"I thought it was very good, very well done, and the dandeacute;cor and the organization was great," said Elmo Williams, a retired Hollywood film producer who attended the ball "It was a chance for people to dress up. I enjoyed it, and it's for a worthwhile cause."

Another guest, Jeff Tribble, said, "I thought it was elegant and very well done, the decorations were top notch and the program was terrific and I'm looking forward to next year's ball."

But, the big payoff for exhausted planners, Britt and Darryn Ballance, Joe and Raina Stoops, Paul and Tiffany Hicks, James Anderson, Carolyn Milliman and Bette Moore, (who have not yet added up all money received and paid all the bills) is the indication that the funds for continuing the KASPER will match last year's approximately $14,000.

Major donors introduced were Grant Scholes for Sutter Coast Hospital and Bill McMillan from Curry General Hospital.

Later Scholes added, "Sutter Coast was honored to be able to participate as a donor for KASPER. It's a great mission andndash; an important mission andndash; that will pay great dividends for the youth."

KASPER is dedicated to providing Brookings-Harbor youth with an educational and fun experience in a safe environment, with a stated goal, "to prevent latchkey children and provide opportunities for all children, regardless of family income, with the opportunity to receive homework assistance and explore music, sports, and art."