Organizers of the Red Rose Charity Ball think it’s never too early to start filling seats for the charity dinner-dance.
The fifth annual dinner-dance will be held from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department’s banquet hall, 1321 Scalp Ave., Richland Township.
The event will benefit Windber Area Community Kitchen (WACK), a nonprofit group that serves over 300 hot meals per month. All meals are served from 4 to 6 p.m. at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave, midmonth and the last Saturday of the month.
WACK provides a light lunch during the Somerset County Mobile Food Bank distribution at Calvary UMC between the hours of 2 and 3:30 p.m. for the participants of that program and others. They are serving between 145 to 185 people each meal, and preparing almost 200 lunches.
“With the cut in food stamp allocations, we have been seeing more income eligible people taking part in our food ministry,” said Dee Fisher of Windber, event chairwoman.
Linda Houghton of Windber, WACK chairwoman, said the ministry is not only a valuable resource to supply food to those in need, but it also is a time when many people get a chance to interact.
Dress is semiformal for the ball, and some men choose to wear red ties as a symbol of their support for WACK’s efforts.
The doors open at 5 and the dinner will be served at 6:30. There will be a cash bar, which will include beer and wine.
Dancing, with music by DJ Dancin’ Dan, will begin at 7:30.
“We want people to get a jump-start on their Valentine’s Day plans by reserving a seat soon for our ball,” Fisher said. “Seating is limited to about 300, so I would advise getting reservations as soon as possible.”
WACK is an all-volunteer organization that exists solely on donations and fundraising.
The theme this year is “Love One Another as I Have Loved You,” which is taken from John 13:35.
Richland Fire Department will cater the dinner, which will feature roast chicken breast, glazed ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, tossed salad, roll and butter and coffee.
“We also are having an ice cream bar with a variety of treats for dessert while the supply lasts,” Fisher said. “The fire company has generously donated the use of its Scalp Avenue facility for the ball.”
A basket raffle and silent auction will offer chances on the donated prizes and baskets.
Items in the silent auction include packages for the Altoona Curve, Lincoln Caverns, Carnegie Science Center and DelGrosso’s Amusement Park.
WACK is accepting items or cash donations for door prizes and the auctions.
Heather Grillo of GiLilVe Boutique & Photography in Windber will be available to take commemorative pictures to capture the special evening of those attending the ball.
Tickets are $30 per person until Dec. 31, and $45 per person from Jan. 1 through Jan. 31.
Red Rose ball
What: Fifth annual Red Rose Charity Ball.
Where: Solomon Run banquet hall, 146 Mount Airy Drive, Richland Township.
When: 5 p.m. Feb. 8.
Reservations: Call 242-6687, 322-8027 or 467-6590.
Cost: $30 per person until Dec. 31; $45 per person from Jan. 1 through Jan. 31.
Registration deadline: Jan. 31.
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