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COVID cancelled the annual Junior Ocieleta Club masquerade ball two years in a row, but the event will live on.

Junior Ocieleta Club of Claremore is giving Claremore Main Street the annual masquerade ball.

“We couldn’t have put it in better hands,” Junior Ocieleta Vice President Samantha Wilson said. “It’s going to be a very successful event.”

The Main Street Masquerade Ball is scheduled for May 14, 2022 at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum.

Claremore Main Street Executive Director Jacob Garrison said they will also be creating the Lilac District Ocie Mayberry Scholarship, which will be given out at the ball.

“That’s a great way we can continue on her name, her legacy and the work that not only all the work that she had done, but all the women for decades in the Oceliata club,” Garrison said.

The Main Street Masquerade will include masks, casino table games, a silent auction, food and a DJ.

“Sam and her team are still going to be involved and helping us,” Garrison said. “We’re going to keep most of the event intact. I don’t think there’s much to it that needs to be changed.”

Garrison said this is a great opportunity for Main Street to celebrate the organization's 20th anniversary.

“We’ve already discussed things we could do to make it special and big to celebrate the work of Main Street for 20 years,” he said. “So teaming up with them and bringing this event into our fold is a great chance for us to be able to celebrate our anniversary.”

Wilson said the decision was made to pass the event to Main Street due to a lack of involvement.

This all-women club was created by Ocie Mayberry in 1956 to help fill the gaps within the community.

“We would go to the local schools and see what the need was,” Wilson said.

Whether it was buying balls and art supplies for the schools or adopting families to buy Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas presents for, the Junior Ocieleta Club was ready to help.

The club used to raise funds through Christmas Home Tours, but hosted a Roaring 20’s dance in 2016. In 2017, they created the masquerade ball.

“We were able to do more scholarships and make a bigger impact to the community,” she said.

Garrison said this event will impact Main Street by allowing the organization to have a key fundraising event that will help the organization grow.

“To be able to have an event that’s ours that we’ll be able to let people come and enjoy, and share the story of what Main Street does and where we’re going,” he said

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