Friends As­so­ci­a­tion to host 28th an­nual West Ch­ester Char­ity Ball Mas­quer­ade

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY - 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

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.friend­sas­

Ivan and Lisa Ka­plan, 2016 Friend of the Com­mu­nity Award re­cip­i­ents

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