The Women’s Service League still has 107 tickets, out of 400, for this year’s 20th annual Cupid’s Ball. The fundraiser is not only a night out for dads and daughters, but it benefits the community as a whole.
Instead of having parents and children line up to purchase tickets, this year the Service League went to an online-only order process. The new process may have slowed down the sale of the annual fundraiser and father daughter dance.
“This is the first time we’ve gone online only,” Susan Mergen, WSL public relations chair, said Tuesday. “So, the first time you do something it’s going to take people awhile to catch on. We are really hitting it big with social media to get the word out. We always sell out, but this might take an extra week or so.”
Mergen said this is a big anniversary and a “milestone” for the event and the theme this year, “Dance Your Heart Out,” has a retro atmosphere.
The funds raised from the event go back into the community. From 2012 to 2015, $35,395.23 was raised and went to local philanthropic events and organizations such Community Santa, bicycles for children, Citizens Against Spouse Abuse (CASA) and Child Safe of Central Missouri Inc. The funds also went to schools and scholarships.
The 2015-16 Cupid’s Ball gave $6,952.55 to the Pettis County Early Childhood Cooperative. The funds allowed the co-op to purchase a zip-line, a crash pit and other equipment for motor skill development.
The Service League was also able to help provide playground equipment for Washington and Horace Mann Elementary Schools through the WORTHY Project.
“Last year when we gave the money to the school district for the equipment, that was over a two-year fundraising period,” Mergen said. “We want to make an impact, so we decided to raise money from two balls and make a bigger impact.”
Mergen said she was pleased with the many volunteers who help each year with Cupid’s Ball.
“We are very appreciative of all the volunteer support, that an event like this requires,” she noted. “A lot of those volunteers are past guests that have come to Cupid’s Ball. The girls like to come back and help, and they do that for community service hours or just for fun. It takes about 30-plus members from the Service League, plus about 30 to 40 volunteers.”
Mergen added that it takes a lot of work but it’s always a fun night for everyone.
“And, they are not just giving to that night but they are giving back to the community,” she said. “That’s priceless.”
Cupid’s Ball will be hosted from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at Smith-Cotton High School, 2010 Tiger Pride Blvd. Girls 5-12 years old are invited to ask their favorite guy — father, stepfather, uncle or grandfather — to the dance. Tickets cost $20 for a couple, which includes light refreshments, professional photographs, crafts and dancing, and can be purchased at wslsedalia.org.
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or on Twitter @flbemiss.