Shine up those dancing shoes
Friday Night Masquerade Dinner and Dance slated for Oct. 29
Adults over the age of 21 are invited to shine up their dancing shoes and join the crowd at a Fright Night Masquerade Dinner and Dance taking place at 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, at Monett VFW Post No. 4209, located at 540 Highway 60, west of Monett.
Proceeds from the event, hosted by Angels for Children of the 39th Circuit, will benefit foster children in Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties with funds for necessities such as cribs, beds, clothing and extra food for foster families.
"Many times, children are dropped into foster care with just the clothes on their backs," said Debbi Netzer, president of the organization. "It takes several weeks for state funding to kick in, and sometimes there are immediate needs for the children and foster parents that we strive to meet."
Netzer said there are more than 500 children in 47 licensed foster care, family and kinship homes in the circuit.
"The priority is to place the child with family first, if that option is available," Netzer said. "Sometimes children will go to a neighbor or to the home of a best friend instead of into a licensed foster care home. Many times, although those families are willing to help out, they are financially ill-prepared for the additional financial burden. That's where we try to help out."
The first large fundraiser for the organization will be the masquerade dinner and dance.
"It will be a fun time," Netzer said.
The dinner, featuring chicken marsala, green beans almondine and garlic mashed potatoes, will be catered by the Happy Chef, out of Nixa. The band, Red Ambition, is a five-piece ensemble that performs a variety of dance music.
"We also have some very nice donated items for the silent and live auctions," Netzer said.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at Old Town Pharmacy in Monett, or from board members Shirley Click, Walda Thompson, Barbara Henson, Belinda Wormington, Sue Tennison, vice president, Kara Coley, secretary and treasurer of the organization, or Netzer.
For more information, people may call Netzer at 417-235-2422, Tennison at 417-339-6758, Thompson at 471-489-2284, or Coley at 417-669-3137.