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PAL Black & White Ball promises a fun evening

Tickets are still available for the New Year's Eve Black & White Ball in Ripon.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED December 28, 2008 1:03 a.m.

RIPON — The Black & White Ball on New Year’s Eve at the Ripon Community Center will benefit the Police Activities League and the Ripon Soroptimist Club’s community endeavors such as help for abused women and children.

What better way for someone to give to support community programs and have fun doing it but to go to a New Years extravaganza close to home with dinner, dancing, a ball drop and a ride home if need-be.

Tickets are $65 per individual or $125 per couple. For tickets, call the Ripon Chamber of Commerce at 599-7519.

One of the big hang ups has been a misunderstanding in the dress code for the “Black and White” designation of the charity event.  Organizers say it started out with having to dress formally but note that is no longer the case — casual party wear is in mode.

The Ripon Police VIPS have offered to transport people home who might find themselves in need of a ride and the La Quinta Inn has offered reduced rates for those wanting to spend the night.

South County Crisis Center has been supported by Soroptimists for the last several years  after its members  learned of the many women from Ripon who were going to Manteca for its services. They helped  the crisis center to  set up office in the Ripon Police Department.

The PAL kids — totaling 31 of them — were on a snow trip to Dodge Ridge last Monday,  snow boarding and skiing for the first time in their lives.  Over 90 percent of those kids had never seen snow before.

Ripon Police’s Linda Johnston noted that several of the kids have come from gang environments and the youth facility offers them a chance to see the other side of life and to learn the importance of having respect for others and others’ property.  Several have been completely turned around in their attitudes, she said.

Johnston said they don’t give kids a chance to go sit in a corner and not participate in a program.  “You don’t know if you don’t like something unless you try it,” she said.

She said there is one 8-year-old who hasn’t been able to read and the center has found a volunteer retired teacher to work with the boy two to three days each week getting him up to speed at his grade level.

Community Service Officer Christina Wilson said she has two children at the center who had a bad impression of law enforcement and they had been very shy from the onset.  That has all changed, she said, and now they see officers as special people who are there to help them.

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