Masquerade Ball to support Boys & Girls Clubs in Sussex

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BRIDGEVILLE – Bigger is better.

That’s the thinking of organizers of a one-of-a-kind major fundraiser supporting Boys & Girls Clubs in Sussex County.

Entitled “Masquerade Ball … Unmask a Child’s Future,” the black tie event will be held Saturday, March 7 at Heritage Shores Club in Bridgeville.

Proceeds benefit the Georgetown, Oak Orchard, Dagsboro, Seaford and Laurel Boys and Girls Clubs.

“There are so many clubs here in Sussex County and they have been doing little fundraisers themselves,” said Linda Price, committee chairwoman for the Masquerade Ball event. “We decided to do one big fundraiser where we go out and get large sponsorships and make it a big event, and proceeds would be split amongst all of the clubs.”

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., and will feature an evening of music, dancing, food and drink and live and silent auctions.

“This is the first time we’ve ever done something like this,” said Ms. Price. “And yes, we are encouraging people to come wearing masks.”

Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online. Reservations will be accepted through Feb. 16.  To request an invitation or make a reservation, visit www.bgclubs.org/masqueradeball or contact Zaida I. Guajardo at zguajardo@bgclubs.org.

Cocktails, auction bidding opportunities and appetizers will precede special recognition of the guests of honor: Terry and Vanessa Megee (Megee Motors), longtime supporters of the Georgetown Boys & Girls Club.

The musical backdrop for dancing will be provided by The Fabulous Grease Band, a seven-member rock ‘n’ roll party band known for their highly entertaining and energetic delivery of the greatest dance songs ever written.

Masquerade Ball is a celebration of The Boys & Girls Club’s success, an opportunity to honor the spirit and tradition of community and an occasion to continue to build bridges between communities in Sussex County and beyond.

“We’re trying to bring the clubs together to work together toward a common goal, versus having them do all of their own things,” said Ms. Price.

Since 1931, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, a community service agency throughout the state of Delaware has provided invaluable services to the children and their families in the areas of education and career development, character and development, health, fitness, and arts & cultural enrichment.

Ms. Price, a member of the Georgetown Boys & Girls Club board, notes that Boys & Girls Club programs “allow young people to continue to learn while having fun, build character through leadership activities, stay healthy through sports and recreational activities – and most importantly build relationships with adult role models that truly care.”

“We see such great results with the kids,” said Ms. Price. “The staffs at all of these clubs plus the executive directors are so committed to these kids, making sure that we have programs and things in place that really help mentor these kids.”

Sponsors on board as of this week: Fulton Bank, The Car Store, Craig Technologies, Nanticoke Health Services, Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Delaware, Busy Bee Service and the Freeman Foundation.

Opportunities are still available for corporate sponsorship, and donations for live and silent auctions are also welcome. Auction donations should be made by Feb. 20, and can be made by calling Ms. Price at 855-2406.

Organizers are hoping for 250 to 300 attendees.

“Everybody is so excited about this,” said Ms. Price.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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