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New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball benefits Ripon PAL

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POSTED December 20, 2008 2:36 a.m.
RIPON — The overall number of youth involved with the Ripon Police Activities League has more than doubled since its council-sponsored inception several years ago.
And this New Year’s Eve, residents will get the chance to not only support the growing organization, but do so at the Ripon PAL’s Black and White Ball organized to bring out the best of Ripon’s class.
While the rest of the world will be ringing in 2009, hundreds of Ripon residents will be filling the Ripon Community Center in their best black-tie attire to benefit not only the programs that PAL offers, but also Soroptmist International of Ripon – one of the community’s largest donors to non-profit organizations.
“Right now things are going great – we still have tickets available,” said Community Operations Supervisor Linda Johnston. “The portion of the money that we raise will go towards next year’s budget.”
Tickets – which are available for purchase at the Ripon Police Department, City Hall, the Ripon Chamber of Commerce, and Re/Max Executive – are $65 for an individual, and $125 for a couple. A table of 8 can be reserved for $500.
In addition to dinner and dancing, two no host bars will be available – including one that serves only martinis. A photographer will be on hand to take pictures of each of the couples during the event. The music being played will stay true to the black-tie tradition – featuring artists like Michael Bublee, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, and Josh Groban.
While the event will likely be a huge hit within Ripon for couples to enjoy celebrating the New Year, it will also help provide the youth of Ripon with a proven program that helps provide positive role models and offers an environment that prevents kids from going down the wrong path.
Currently, 531 kids participate in the PAL programs each week – a number that continues to grow as the list of activities and programs expands and word of the offerings circulates around the community’s young adults.
Just recently a field trip was held to the Dell’Osso Farms Corn Maze in Lathrop. A snow day field trip is planned for Dec. 22. It will give the 45 kids already signed up the chance to learn how to either ski or snowboard with a two-hour lesson.
“I feel the programs that we offer have been very successful,” Johnston said. “But without donations and community support, this program will not succeed.”
For more information about the Black and White Ball, or how to support the PAL programs, contact the Police Department at 599-2102, or visit their website at www.riponpd.org.
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