Charity Ball helps raise $55K for JABy STAFF REPORTS,
After months of planning and working to make the 24th Annual Charity Ball the best yet, the ladies of Junior Auxiliary of Kosciusko were excited to see so many join them at the Attala County Coliseum on Saturday night in support of the children of Kosciusko and Attala County.
The coliseum was transformed into a Winter Wonderland with walls covered in white, greenery accenting the tables and stage, and a sparkling silver backdrop framed the lobby as members greeted guest as they entered the benefit.
The Court was presented; the princesses were presented roses from pages; King and Queen, Mr. James Culpepper and Mrs. Pati Edwards, were crowned by former King and Queen, Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Taylor. Following the presentation of the court, the guests were served dinner catered by Special Occasions by Marie and bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes donated by Atwood Personal Care Home were served as dessert.
Throughout the evening, the silent auction kept bidders on their toes with some special items. Many kept their eyes on a pair of diamond earrings, a Dallas Cowboys football signed by Dak Prescott, several photo packages from local photographers and much more. While others were bidding on items, across the room, the drawdown to win $1000 was going on. The winners of the drawdown split the money and were each awarded $500. They were Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Powers and Ms. Amantha Chipley.
“This one event along with their 2016 Fall Fundraiser, “You’ve Been Crowned” is the organization’s primary fundraiser,” JA member Kellie Berry said. “These funds make the ladies’ projects possible from May – April of every year. From providing a cap and gown to deserving graduating seniors to providing back packs full of necessities for children who are pulled from their homes, these projects wouldn’t be possible without the sponsors who donate items and money and the attendees who purchase tickets, silent auction items, and drawdown tickets. This community we all call home is one that supports a great cause and stands behind the women who are working hard to “Care Today” through simple projects that will one-day build “Character Tomorrow” in the children touched.”
“The ladies of Junior Auxiliary of Kosciusko would like to thank Kosciusko and Attala County for all you have done to make this fundraiser the best yet,” Berry added. “The approximate grand total raised is $55,000. We are overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity! We look forward to doing more for the children of Kosciusko and Attala County than we have ever done before.”
For more information about Junior Auxiliary of Kosciusko visit their Facebook page or about the national organization, visit www.najanet.org.
Photos courtesy of Hilary O’Briant and Kellie Berry