Ball to support Red Cross

Published 6:51 pm Saturday, June 1, 2013

In an effort to raise money for the BlackBelt Branch of the American Red Cross, the fifth annual Mayors of the Black Belt Charity Ball will be held Friday, June 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the George P. Evans Reception Hall.

Attendees will enjoy a Caribbean-themed night with island cuisine, music and dancing. The BlackBelt Branch, which includes Dallas, Morengo, Perry and Wilcox counties, provides disaster relief through basic necessities of food, shelter, recovery supplies and physical and mental services. The annual charity ball is the branch’s largest annual fundraiser. Marilyn Simpson, Alabama Central Region Disaster Services volunteer, said it’s crucial the fundraiser be a success.

“We really need the community to support the efforts of the American Red Cross to help people recover when they need assistance,” Simpson said. “The goal this year is to raise $15,000, which will strengthen the local Red Cross capacity to respond in the greatest hour of need to local disaster victims.”

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In total, the BlackBelt Branch has given more than $40,000 for fire, flood and tornado disaster assistance since July 1, 2012.

“It’s important that we have the funds to serve our constituents,” Simpson said. “This is our biggest fundraiser, so we’re hoping to generate a lot of money.”

Single tickets for the ball cost $50. Couples are $80 and a table of eight costs $350. Tickets are tax deductable.

“Primarily, house fires are the number one disaster that we experience in this area and that could happen to anyone,” Simpson added. “But disaster can strike at any time, so it’s crucial that we are prepared — and that’s where the American Red Cross comes in.”