Last Chance for Early Bird Tickets to the Bad Luck Ball!

Sept 26 is the deadline to get your tickets to the newest shindig in town!

Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were a fixture in Saint Paul neighborhood parks 100 years ago, walking and playing with their baby girl Scottie. Fitzgerald himself had grown up playing touch football on the verdant lawn that became Cochran Park. To launch the new Saint Paul Parks Endowment, the Conservancy is turning back the clock to 1922 when Scott and Zelda amused themselves by throwing the “Bad Luck Ball.” The modern-day take on flapper fun will be held on Thursday, Oct 26 at The Commodore, once home to the young Fitzgerald family. Get a 15% early bird discount when you register by Sept 26.

“The theme plays right into the need for a permanent parks endowment fund,” says event co-chair Dana Bruce. “These funds will grow over the next 100 years to help the Conservancy protect what is timeless about our parks and keep them timely for changing community needs.” And who doesn’t love a good party, right!?

The evening begins with passed champagne and photos in the black and white marble foyer of The Commodore. Guests will be able to browse vintage jewelry and handmade hats and handbags while learning about important park programs like Adaptive Rec and Technology for All before heading into a 1920s inspired buffet. The dance floor will be swinging with Charleston lessons and music by the Mississippi Hot Club. Funds raised will help meet a $50,000 challenge match to establish the Saint Paul Parks Endowment.

“Like the old Chinese proverb about the planting trees, the best time to start an endowment was 50 years ago,” says Conservancy director Michael-jon Pease. “The second best time to start one is today.”