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Sweetheart Charity Ball benefits Food Bank of the Golden Crescent

By Sonny Long
Feb. 9, 2011 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 8, 2011 at 8:09 p.m.


WHO: Food Bank of the Golden Crescent

WHAT: Sweetheart Charity Ball fundraiser

WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m., Monday

WHERE: Spring Creek Place Event Center, 12116 Nursery Drive

TICKETS: $50 each

RESERVATIONS: 361-578-0591


Texas is the second hungriest state in the nation. More than 17 percent of Texas households face hunger at some point each year, and one in four Texas children lives in these households (USDA).

In 2010, 22 percent of Texas households told pollsters they couldn't afford enough food at some point in the previous year (Gallup).

Demand at Texas food banks rose 45 percent during the last five year period. Three million Texans now receive help from food banks and their agencies every year, in every Texas county (Mathematica).

For a special Valentine's Day evening, the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent is hosting a night of music and dancing at the Sweetheart Charity Ball.

The fundraiser, sponsored in part by H-E-B, will be from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Spring Creek Place Event Center, 12116 Nursery Drive.

"The Sweetheart Charity Ball is both a celebration of the Food Bank's 25th anniversary and a desire on the part of the Food Bank to have its very own signature event," said Dennis Brown, the organization's executive director. "The focus of the Sweetheart Charity Ball is both inward and outward. Inward because it brings together people of like mind with a heart for giving and gives them an evening to enjoy each other's company. Outward because the proceeds of the event go toward the feeding of our neediest neighbors."

The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent works with more than 100 agencies in 11 counties to help feed the hungry.

"This event raises the awareness of the work of the Food Bank and emphasizes the seriousness of hunger in our community," Brown said.

The evening begins with complimentary photos and a silent auction from 6 to 7 p.m. Gary Moses will serve as the master of ceremonies. LuAnn and T. Michael O'Connor are the event co-chairs.

Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and music and dancing, with the Rick Perkins Band, featuring Tameka Santa Cruz, is scheduled from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The band features jazz and classic rhythm and blues.

Tickets are $50.



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