Butterfly Ball deadline extended to April 30

Gala will help CASA handle what could be record numbers of abused children

From Staff Reports

Apr. 22, 2007 - The deadline to reserve tickets for the first-ever Hopkins County Butterfly Ball has been extended to April 30. The benefit's proceeds will go to Lake Country CASA, which is once again facing a record year for the number of abused and neglected children it serves.

"We want this first one to be a success, and being that it's for CASA, we want it to be a huge success," said Mike Dodd, one of the organizers of the Saturday, May 12 benefit.

Last year, Lake Country Court Appointed Special Advocates represented 207 abused and neglected children who were removed from their homes in a four-county area, including 81 in Hopkins County. In 2005, CASA served 193 children, up from 158 children in 2004. 2007 could very well be another record year if current trends of children entering the system continue, according to Lake Country CASA Executive Director Gina Law.

"Since I’ve been doing this, the numbers have continued to rise — a lot due to drug use,” Law said recently in an interview with the News-Telegram. "Drugs endanger children when parents use them in front of their children. There’s no way of knowing the long-term effects on the children, which impact our entire community."

CASA was the first choice for the Butterfly Ball, but different charities will benefit each yeal, Dodd said. 

The May 12 gala will include entertainment by The Plaids — Dr. Chuck Jones, Michael Dodd, Kevin Woolley and John White, and accompanists Ken Hanushek and Loren Seely — who have a new set list, including 15 new songs.

Judy’s Kitchen will be catering the event, with entrees featuring stuffed pork tenderloin or grilled salmon. A dance floor will also be set up, and there will be various door prizes.

Those include a weekend stay at the five-star luxury Magnolia Hotel in Dallas, as well as passes to the "Treasures of the Holy Land" exhibit at Fair Park.

Seating for the ball is limited to 180. Tickets for the Hopkins County Butterfly Ball are $100 each and are now on sale. To purchase a ticket, call 903-348-6478 or 903-316-1363 or send an e-mail to hcbutterflyball@yahoo.com.

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