Pretty in Pink "Sweetheart Gala" returns

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Put on your dancing shoes and head to J.M. Randall's Pretty in Pink gala

The Right On Band knows how to electrify a dance floor; the band has done just that in Times Square on New Year's Eve, in the East Room of the White House and in countries around the world.

Playing Motown, disco and 1970s funk, the band gives Williamsburg a chance to dance at the Pretty in Pink "Sweetheart Gala," presented by J.M. Randall's Enterprises. The Feb. 13 benefits Beyond Boobs!, a local breast health organization.

J.M. Randall's brought live music to Williamsburg for nearly 22 years as a local restaurant and concert venue. Though the venue closed, J.M. Randall's found new life as an events company, headed by father-son team Mike and Randall Plaxa.

Following the initial success of Pretty in Pink last February, "It is now hopefully an annual affair," Mike Plaxa said.

Hosted by Master of Ceremonies Peter Natale, from WMBG Radio, the gala features a four-course dinner and a raffle. Prizes include a $2,000 necklace from Designs by Varujan, a two-night stay at DoubleTree by Hilton, and a wine tasting, tour and lunch at Williamsburg Winery.

Then, there's the dancing.

"It's a disco circus, let me tell you," Randall Plaxa said.

The 10 members of Right On Band take the stage in 1970s costumes, backed by a light show and on-stage dancers. Nigel Holland, the band's founder, said an interactive show keeps audiences involved.

Interestingly, the band formed in Virginia Beach in 1997, though it doesn't perform locally much anymore.

"If it wasn't for the people of Virginia … we wouldn't be able to do this," Holland said. "It's kind of our way of giving back."

Beyond Boobs! receives a portion of ticket sales, and 100 percent of raffle ticket sales. Funds benefit the nonprofit in its mission of spreading breast health education and supporting women affected by breast cancer.

"This is such a fun band," said Vicki Vawter, marketing and events manager for Beyond Boobs!. "We're all about living life with an exclamation point."

Pretty in Pink is open to all ages, and guests are welcome to dress for the era.

"It gives people a night out locally," Randall Plaxa said. "They know that they're going to something within the community."

For more information, visit jmrandallsenterprises.com.

Bridges can be reached at 757-275-4934.

Want to go?

When: 6-11 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13

Where: The DoubleTree by Hilton, 50 Kingsmill Road

Tickets: $59, includes dinner, show, dancing, tax and gratuity

Tickets available at 407-340-4920, 757-870-4487, 757-645-2649, jmrandalls7.eventbrite.com or beyondboobs.org.

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