Getting the Ball rolling

Tickets are still available for the annual St. Thomas Ball, which is Saturday at the Parrish Center. The night’s activities begin with a silent auction at 6 p.m., a dinner at 7 p.m., a live auction beginning after dinner is served at about 7:30 p.m., a dance from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and a raffle prize drawing at 10:30 p.m.

There is a masquerade theme for this year’s ball, and attendees are encouraged to bring a mask. This is the first year that the ball has hosted a full sit-down meal. The dinner will include beef, chicken and pork as well as potatoes and a salad.

Both the silent and live auctions will include many items to buy. Each class at St. Thomas Aquinas School have painted chairs that will be auctioned. In addition, classes are preparing baskets that will include a variety of items in one theme. Jenny Maharry, volunteer chairperson for the ball, said that items include a large golf package for four people, donated from Riverside Golf and Casino, a mystery dinner theater package, a backyard activities package and more.

Raffle tickets are also for sale at the event. The prizes include the grand prize of $10,000, a second prize of a 55-inch LG HDTV with Sound bar and Blu-Ray DVD player and a third prize of $1,000 in SCRIP gift cards. Maharry said that raffle winners don’t have to be present during the drawing to win.

The goal for this year’s ball is to raise $160,000 that will fund projects at the St. Thomas Aquinas School. While the funds are usually used for general purposes, Maharry said that the school is looking to purchase new technology this year. The school is planning a 1-to-1 iPad program that will begin next school year and is also looking to purchase new smartboards for classrooms. Last year, the Ball raised $148,850 for the school.

To purchase tickets, call St. Thomas School, 832-1346. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are not available at the door.