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James River Ball sup­port­ers at­tend gala that ben­e­fits lo­cal stu­dents

James River Ball or­ga­niz­ers held their an­nual fundraiser on Sat­ur­day, Sept. 29, at the Pe­ters­burg Coun­try Club.

Diane Lawder, a mem­ber of the char­ity group, said “The James River Ball is an an­nual fundraiser that we’ve been do­ing since 1964, started by a lot of our par­ents and grand­par­ents, and it sup­ports bring­ing cul­tural arts events to Hopewell pub­lic schools.”

Through their fundrais­ing ef­forts, Lawder said the group has ex­posed Hopewell stu­dents to per­for­mances by the Rich­mond Bal­let, the Rich­mond Sym­phony, Theatre Four, the Vir­ginia Opera and the Vir­ginia Reper­toire Theatre.

"This year we were able to bring the Vir­ginia Opera and the Vir­ginia Reper­toire Theatre to the schools, so that stu­dents who would not oth­er­wise have the op­por­tu­nity to be ex­posed to this could see these per­for­mances,” she said.

The group be­gan in 1964, founded by twelve women, Lawder ex­plained. “And, it has grown since then. Ev­ery year we have about 250 and 300 guests come [to the Ball]. And, those that could not at­tend very gen­er­ously sent in a do­na­tion, as well.”

Ev­ery­one's "sup­port and gen­eros­ity" is ap­pre­ci­ated, Lawder said.

Check out our im­ages spot­light­ing a mul­ti­tude of James River Ball at­ten­dees en­joy­ing the night’s fes­tiv­i­ties on Sept. 29.

[PHO­TOS BY JOHN ADAM/PROGRESS-IN­DEX.COM]

At­ten­dees of the 2018 James River Ball.

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