Friends Association to host 28th annual West Chester Charity Ball Masquerade
WEST CHESTER >> On Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, from 6:30 to 11 p.m., Friends Association for the Care & Protection of Children invites guests to its 28th Annual West Chester Charity Ball Masquerade at the West Chester Golf and Country Club. This holiday gala, part of West Chester’s Old Fashioned Christmas, is Friends Association’s largest fundraiser and is essential in funding the important work Friends Association does to improve the community. All proceeds benefit the mission of Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children: preventing and ending family homelessness in our community.
This year, Friends Association is honoring West Chester’s own Ivan and Lisa Kaplan with the 2016 Friend of the Community Award. The Kaplan’s, owners of Kaplan’s Fine Jewelry have been leaders and philanthropists serving the West Chester community for more than 40 years.
“I am so excited to be a part of honoring these two deserving people and I hope that the community will join us,” said Catherine Friedman, Friends Association executive director. “This year’s Charity Ball brings a night full of sensational entertainment, featuring celebrity emcee Andie Summers of 92.5 XTU radio, and exceptional live and silent auctions. Enjoy a delectable dinner and festive cocktails while dancing the night away to The Midnight Hour Band featuring Pepper Duffy.”
This year’s silent auction will feature many exciting items including Walt Disney World Park Hopper passes, and designer handbags from Kate Spade New York, Featured live auction items are a gourmet dinner for 10 with wine pairings, the Resident Theatre Company Opening Night performance of Spamalot and Gala Celebration, and one week vacation in Whalehead, Outerbanks, North Carolina.
“I am so pleased about this year’s West Chester Charity Ball because of the community support, but, also, because this year’s gala will again be ‘digital’ with online auction previews and bidding; and, using phones and tablets for bidding before and during the event. People can even bid from home,” Friedman added.
For more information about tickets, sponsorships, and Friends Association, visit www.friendsassoc.org.
Friends Association promotes the independence of families with children by providing shelter, programs and services that prevent and end homelessness in Chester County. In 2015, Friends Association saved over 96 families and 187 children from homelessness.
Ivan and Lisa Kaplan, 2016 Friend of the Community Award recipients