First Hopkins County Butterfly Ball on May 12 will benefit Lake Country CASA

By TERRY MATHEWS | News-Telegram Staff

Mar. 26, 2007 - Take the jewels out of the lock box and dust off your dancing shoes — you now have a reason to dress to the nines, tens and twelves. The first Hopkins County Butterfly Ball, a black tie affair benefitting Lake Country C.A.S.A, is coming to town Saturday, May 12.

Event organizers Steve Janway and Mike Dodd said the idea for a Butterfly Ball came about as they were taking down decorations for a wedding they did last year.

�Our client said it was a shame to take the decorations down,� Janway said. �She said it was too bad there was nothing to get dressed up and have a night on the town for.�

That comment spurred Janway and Dodd to organize the ball, which they hope will become an annual fundraiser for the county’s various charities.

�Local charities will benefit from the Butterfly Ball,� Dodd said. �We want to keep all the money we raise right here.�

The duo found an “anonymous angel” who donated $1,000 for plates, silverware and glassware. 

�The angel said this was an investment in the Butterfly Ball,� Janway said, noting they could use another "angel" to help with the cost of table linens.

The event will be held in the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church

�We�re going to transform the space like we did for the Choral Society�s Cabaret,� Dodd said. �No one will know they�re in a gym.��

The duo have special plans for each table, including a surprise centerpiece.

Judy’s Kitchen will be catering the event, and the menu is impressive.

�We�re having spring greens, a choice of stuffed pork tenderloin, grilled salmon with a French white sauce, wild rice, zesty carrots, and Judy�s special green beans and bacon,� Janway said. �For dessert, we�ll have a choice of dark cake, light cake or a fruit kabob. We�re thrilled that Judy is doing the catering for us.�

The Plaids, a local favorite, will be entertaining Butterfly Ball patrons. 

Dodd, a member of the vocal group, said they have a new set list, including 15 new songs. The Plaids quartet is made up of North East Texas Choral Society members Dr. Chuck Jones, Michael Dodd, Kevin Woolley and John White. Accompanists Ken Hanushek and Loren Seely will join the group for the ball. Dodd and Janway have arranged for Como-Pickton art students to provide original “butterfly” artwork which will be on display during the evening.

A dance floor will also be available during the event, with Stephen Kramer manning the sound boards.

Janway, who has a day job as a deputy clerk at the Hopkins County courthouse, and Dodd, who is the office manager for Cooper Land Surveyors, decided not to create a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. They have, however, arranged for Lake Country C.A.S.A. to provide receipts for all tickets sold so the total can be tax deductible.

�We want every penny of profit to go directly to C.A.S.A.,� Dodd said.

Janway and Dodd are also working on some special door prizes.

�We�re working on some exciting gifts to be given away during the evening,� Dodd said.�

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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