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JA Charity Ball ticket night set for Thursday in Columbus

 

Junior Auxiliary of Columbus Charity Ball Ticket Chair Mary Tana Garner, left, and JA member Kayla Hatcher look over the table layout for the March 30 Charity Ball. Patrons purchasing tickets at the JA Hut in Columbus between 6-8 p.m. Thursday may request specific tables.

Junior Auxiliary of Columbus Charity Ball Ticket Chair Mary Tana Garner, left, and JA member Kayla Hatcher look over the table layout for the March 30 Charity Ball. Patrons purchasing tickets at the JA Hut in Columbus between 6-8 p.m. Thursday may request specific tables. Photo by: Courtesy photo

 

Jan Swoope

 

 

Tickets to an event that typically fills Trotter Convention Center each spring will become available to the public Thursday. Patron tickets to the 69th annual Junior Auxiliary of Columbus Charity Ball will be sold from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the JA Hut at 1000 Park Circle, adjacent to Lee Park.  

 

The March 30 ball begins at 7 p.m. Highlights will include presentation of this year's Charity Ball king and queen at 8 p.m., introduction of the royal court, a performance by New Hope High School's Showstoppers, plus live entertainment by Soulstation Band. Tickets will also be available Thursday for the Royalty Breakfast, which begins at 9:30 p.m. March 30. 

 

"This event is extremely important, as it is our main fundraiser that funds all of our projects that allow us to reach the children in Lowndes County," said Charity Ball Chair Alicia Truesdale.  

 

Ticket Chair Mary Tana Garner said, "Patrons who purchase tickets at the JA Hut will be able to select their tables." Full tables seat 12 guests. After Thursday, ballroom table seating purchased by mail will be chosen by the ticket chair.  

 

"Balcony and breakfast tickets will be available beginning Feb. 26 at Military Hardware for those who don't get them Thursday," Garner noted. 

 

Ballroom tickets are $45 per person. Balcony tickets are $25; breakfast tickets are $25. Military Hardware is located at 1002 13th St. N., Columbus. 

 

The support JA provides the community is "done with heart and soul from each and every member of our organization," said Truesdale. "This year we are looking through a child's imagination -- the pure hope that every child feels as they look to their future in who they will and want to become. As Walt Disney put it so eloquently, 'Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.' This is what Junior Auxiliary of Columbus is here to provide for each and every child." 

 

For more information about the ball or to purchase tickets, contact Garner at 662-327-6010. 

 

To make tax-deductible donations to the nonprofit organization, mail them to Junior Auxiliary of Columbus, Attention: Treasurer, P.O. Box 11, Columbus, MS 39703. 

 

 

 

Supporting the JA mission 

 

Garner said, "Junior Auxiliary of Columbus would like to thank our 2018-2019 corporate sponsors for their support of this year's Charity Ball, as well as for their support of our projects serving the children of Lowndes County."  

 

They include: 

 

Majestic Level - Columbus Recycling 

 

Gold Level - Westlake Chemical 

 

Silver Level - BankFirst, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, Financial Concepts, Impression Solutions Inc., Sqwincher Corp. 

 

Bronze Level - Atmos Energy, BancorpSouth, BankTEL Systems, Bennett Ophthalmology Group, Bill Russell Ford Lincoln, The Commercial Dispatch, Dr. Steve and Dona Porter, Eat With Us Group (Harvey's, Jackson Square Grill, Sweet Peppers Deli), Galloway-Chandler-McKinney Insurance, International Paper, Johnston-Tombigbee Furniture Manufacturing Co., Kerby Law Firm, Mississippi Steel Processing LLC, R.J. Young Co., Steel Dynamics Flat Roll Group Columbus Division, The Gene Imes Family, Waters Truck and Tractor Co./Waters International/Waters Transportation.

 

Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.

 

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