Gatsby Gala Fundraiser

Liza Nichayeva, left, and Erin Biesecker during the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sonoma County Gatsby Gala at the McDonald Mansion in Santa Rosa on Sept. 21, 2013. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Liza Nichayeva, left, and Erin Biesecker during the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sonoma County Gatsby Gala at the McDonald Mansion in Santa Rosa on Sept. 21, 2013. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

The Roaring ’20s shimmied and strutted back to life at Santa Rosa’s most elegant old estate for the first Gatsby Gala.

The playfully costumed Sept. 21 dinner and dance raised funds for the Sonoma County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

More than 150 guests arrived at Mableton, more popularly known as the McDonald Mansion, to find Stark’s Steakhouse and Jackson’s bartenders eager to blend them something timeless and delectable.

Appetizers were passed and tours of the lavishly restored and upgraded mansion were led by the historian and the architect hired by owners John and Jennifer Webley to oversee the project.

Dinner in the garden, created by Our Lady Grace Catering and Confections, boasted tritip steak, chicken stuffed with prosciutto and mushrooms, wild mushroom ravioli, twice-baked potatoes and classic lemon chiffon cake with homemade peach ice cream and caramel sauce.

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NAMI Sonoma County Executive Director Rosemary Milbrath told the crowd monies raised will be used to fund the group’s inmate program, which helps Sonoma County Jail prisoners struggling with mental health issues through therapy and art groups.

After dinner, music by the Local Honey Swing Band lured flappers and gents onto the dance floor.