Annual Icicle Ball to aid food charities

  • Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013 10:16 p.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 7:04 a.m.
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Molly Hunt, Lessie Price, Lisa Tharp Bernard and Beth Newburn get on the dance floor at one of ACTS’ past Icicle Balls.
Submitted Photo Molly Hunt, Lessie Price, Lisa Tharp Bernard and Beth Newburn get on the dance floor at one of ACTS’ past Icicle Balls.

It is not every night one can get dressed up, go to a ball and have it all be for a bigger cause.

On Jan. 19, Area Churches Together Serving will throw its fifth annual Icicle Ball at St. Thaddeus Church to raise money for its food pantries.

Tickets of $70 per person or $560 for a table of eight are still on sale but have to be pre-ordered. Orders can be mailed in, and tickets can be picked-up at ACTS’ location at 340 Park Ave. S.W.

A social and silent auction will occur at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing at 8 p.m.

Palmetto Groove Party Band will return for its fourth year.

“The band provides great entertainment,” said Vicki Bukovitz, ACTS executive director.

Newberry Hall will cater the event. The ball was once housed at the hall, but due to the large turnouts in the past, another venue had to be sought out.

“We have sold out every year,” Bukovitz said.

An asset to the new location is being able to fit in more tables.

ACTS’ two food programs are its food pantry, which gives certain people a week’s worth of food when open from Monday to Friday, and its Senior Distribution days, which lets qualified seniors gather a month’s worth of food on the third Saturday of every month.

Five years ago, the group received more demands than expected during one of its Senior Distribution days. There was no fundraiser for its food programs at the time, and, with the vast response from that distribution day, the center realized they certainly needed some sort of help. The center, however, wanted something “glamorous,” something “different,” Bukovitz said in October.

Five years later, the Icicle Ball has been a yearly success.

“We served about 12,000 clients last year with a week’s worth of food,” Bukovitz said. “It’s an important night but a lot of fun.”

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