published Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Events tonight, Saturday salute Roaring Twenties - Feb. 20, 22

Attire suited to flappers and gangsters is encouraged for Saturday’s Denim & Diamonds: Roaring Twenties gala.
Attire suited to flappers and gangsters is encouraged for Saturday’s Denim & Diamonds: Roaring Twenties gala.

A fascination with "The Great Gatsby" lifestyle continues with two events celebrating the "Roaring Twenties."

■ Denim & Diamonds: Those attending this ninth annual event, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza, are encouraged to sport apparel recalling the era of flappers and gangsters. Perhaps a cloche hat and fringe-heavy chemise dress for the brash ladies, a pinstriped zoot suit and two-toned spectator shoes for the dapper gentlemen.

The fundraising gala is organized by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, Medical Foundation of Chattanooga and Medical Alliance. The evening will include dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions. Plus, there's an online auction to encourage communitywide participation in raising funds for Project Access. Officials say this community health partnership has provided $114 million in charity health care to the working poor since its inception in April 2004.

"Project Access is helping people get back on their feet, return to work and often obtain their own health insurance again," says Rae Bond, Medical Society and Foundation executive director. "The funds we raise at Denim & Diamonds support this work so that we can continue to help as many people as we can."

Tickets are $100. Table sponsorships start at $1,000. To purchase, call the Medical Society at 423-622-2872 or visit www.chattdenim.org.

■ Society of the Night: You'll need a password to enter this modern speakeasy, styled by Sarah Ervin to reimagine a bygone age. The evening, set for 6-10 p.m. today, Feb. 20, at Society of Work, 701 Market St., will evoke a more elegant era of art, drink and music, with Prohibition-era cocktails crafted by Repeal and Serve, glassware and prints by Laura Henley and music by Lon Eldridge.

Tickets are $25 online, $30 at the door; all tickets include two drinks and light hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds benefit the UnFoundation, which awards monthly grants to Chattanoogans with great ideas.

Passwords can be found via social media or posters around town. Find out more at www.societyofwork.com.

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