Long line expected for Cupid’s Ball tickets
By Nicole Cooke email@example.com
The chance to purchase tickets for the 17th annual Cupid’s Ball, a favorite of many local dads and daughters, is just around the corner.
Tickets will be available at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 in the Thompson Conference Center in the Heckart Science and Allied Heath Center at State Fair Community College, and Susan Mergen, of the Women’s Service League, said to expect a line.
“Tradition has proven that the event could sell out Jan. 11, so we encourage people to come at 8 a.m. when the doors open,” she said. “There’s a long hallway in that building so people won’t be out in the cold. People will be there hours ahead of time, even though that’s not really necessary. People will park, and when they see the first person get out to go in the building, then they come in and line up too.”
Mergen said they expect to sell about 435 tickets this year. Girls ages 5 to 12 are invited to ask an important man in their life such as their father, stepfather, uncle or grandfather to the Cupid’s Ball, and this year’s theme is “Journey to Oz,” complete with live characters from the classic film. There will also be a DJ, refreshments and Inter-State Studios and Publishing will be taking photos of each couple.
“It’s a special evening. A lot of the girls go to dinner with their dates beforehand,” Mergen said. “It’s not just dancing, it’s an event. They’ll start their evening with a professional photograph, a nice keepsake, and then they’ll journey their way to Oz throughout the evening with lots of interaction.
“It’s special for the little girls, but it’s also just as special for the dads and grandpas who get to escort their children to the ball.”
In previous years, the money raised was used to purchase technology for the school district and playground equipment. This year the profits will be donated to a local nonprofit organization, which hasn’t been selected yet from a pool of requests.
For the first time, T-shirts for the girls will be available for purchase on Jan. 11. The shirts will be $20 each, with proceeds also going to the nonprofit, and will be distributed the night of the event.
Tickets are $20 per person, which includes light refreshments and a professional 5-by-7 photo. The girls are asked to bring a hardback children’s book that will be donated to the community. Cupid’s Ball will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 in the Smith-Cotton High School cafeteria. For more information, contact Mergen at 826-0801.
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