By Emily Tubb
AMORY – It's time once again to get dressed up and come out in support of the annual Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball. The New Orleans masquerade-themed ball will be held at the Old Armory National Guard Feb. 27 with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.
“Last year the turnout exceeded our expectations. We sold over 330 tickets and raised over $11,000 to go toward our projects,” said Charity Ball Co-chairperson Michelle Holman.
The 2015 charity ball helped JA jumpstart fundraising efforts toward a future splashpad in front of Amory High School, and Holman is hopeful this year will be another step forward.
“Last year we were able to set aside $3,000 from the charity ball. Throughout the past year, we've raised an additional $5,000. We've got a long way to go but we're hoping to be able to designate a larger portion this year from the funds we raise,” Holman said.
JA undertakes other charitable endeavors throughout the year. Thanks to the 2015 charity ball, the organization was able to provide for additional children through its Santa's Helpers project. JA also does a yearly school supply drive and packed more than 90 backpacks for students of Monroe County last year.
The soiree will begin with presentation of the royal court, consisting of Monroe County senior girls. JA will also present scholarships totaling $1,000 based on a submitted essay from court members. Afterward, the king and queen, or outstanding citizens, of the ball will be presented.
Attendees will be able to bid on silent auction items including a table from Mississippi Farm Tables, a gun from Tombigbee Pawn and Gun, four Disney park hopper tickets, Mississippi State University and Ole Miss signed memorabilia, Amory School District all-sports season passes, Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier signed items, Ronaldo and Earth Grace jewelry and assorted gift certificates.
After the court presentation a catered dinner will be served, followed by music by The Bonfire Orchestra.
JA Charity Ball co-chairperson Lindsay Mitchell said planning for the ball started in August of last year.
“The last charity ball was planned in about two months, but we started putting together silent auction items about seven months ago this time,” Mitchell said.
All proceeds will go toward JA projects, including the splash pad project.
Tickets can be purchased through JA members, online at jaofamory.org or through the Junior Auxiliary of Amory Facebook page. The cost is $45 per person, $80 for two or $300 for a table of eight.
For more information, contact Lindsay Presley at 315-1713 or visit jaofamory.org.