More than 160 people took a step back in time April 7 to raise money for the Winyah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s scholarship fund.

While the cars driving up to the Debordieu Colony clubhouse were modern, the décor, the entertainment and some of the attire were pure World War II Americana.

Red, white and blue bunting hung from the entry, setting the stage for the USO-style canteen. Actual military uniforms were interspersed with photographs, magazine covers and even an American flag that once flew over Pearl Harbor.

Ben Klopp proudly wore the shirt once worn by his father, Dr. Calvin T. Klopp who served in the Air Force medical corps and Ben Clopp’s wife, Jene, wore a WAC uniform that she acquired online.

Shirley Coxe was resplendent in polka dots with a bright red belt and matching red shoes. “I did some research and found that polka dots were popular in that era,” Coxe said. “I had the belt and it all came together.”

Susan Davis, the chairwoman of the event, said was pleased with the turnout, especially because the event was a divergence from years past, when the group opted for a Revolutionary War-era theme.

“We wanted something different, something that would keep the event alive,” she said. Although the event has raised more than $10,000 in its first four years – enough to provide four students with $2,500 in scholarship money, this year’s goal was to offer the grants to five students. “We sold out all 165 seats,” Davis said.

Kathy Sullivan, resplendent in red, greeted the, crowd, praising “our reisent historian Barry Price,” who offered DAR members a historical look at the role of women who staffed and volunteered USO centers.

The theme continued with entertainment provided by sisters Gracie and Lacy, who sang, danced and quipped their way for more than an hour.

The pair had feet tapping and brought out smiles from the audience as they launched into popular songs of the era, including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from Company B” and ”Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” before impersonating Gracie Allen and singing ala Doris Day.

Peter Thurlow also got into the act, portraying Bob Hope,, complete with a golf putter. Drew his own set of laughs. Hope began entertaining troops at home in 1941 and abroad in 1943. But his image will live on the the Debordieu Colony Clubhouse Canteen.

Clayton Stairs/South Strand News