2008 Butterfly Ball: A 'second chance' prom

Dinner, dance to benefit Chrysalis House

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

April 20, 2008 - Did you miss the high school prom? Or worse - did you go, but have a terrible time?

If you answered 'yes' to either question, the organizers of this year's Butterfly Ball have some good news for you.

On Saturday, May 10, Steve Janway and Michael Dodd, founders of the Butterfly Ball, are hosting a "Second Chance Prom," at 7 p.m. in the Family Life Center at First United Methodist Church.

"We wanted to give people a shot at a great prom night," Janway said. "This is everyone's second chance."

Entertainment will be provided by ever-popular The Plaids, a doo-wop vocal group consisting of John White, Chuck Jones, Kevin Woolley and Michael Dodd. Janway also plans to have a photographer available to capture the evening's special moments.

"With this being the 'second chance prom,' the dance floor will be open all night," Dodd said.

This year's dining will be catered by Plain 'n' Fancy, with a menu featuring a choice of angus beef or grilled salmon, a salad of spring greens and a medley of roasted vegetables.

Shelley Rater is providing beautiful "live" guests again this year. She's raising delicate butterflies to be on display throughout the evening.

Janway and Michael Dodd founded the Butterfly Ball last year to provide a "nice evening out" for the citizens of Hopkins County. They also thought it would be a good way to raise money for local charities. The ball benefits a different charity each year. Proceeds from the 2007 event were given to Lake Country Court Appointed Special Advocates.

This year, proceeds from the ball are earmarked for Chrysalis House, a homeless shelter being prepared for women and children in Northeast Texas.

"I was thrilled and surprised when Steve [Janway] called," said Tammy Pearson, president and founder of Chrysalis House. "This year's donation will go into our building fund."

Although Chrysalis House has not yet opened its doors, rehabilitation work is being done and money is being collected for repairs to the facility, located at 1333 Jefferson St.

"We just raised $25,000, for a new roof," Pearson said. "We hope to have it completed by summer."

Pearson's goal is to have one wing of the facility open and accepting residents by the end of 2008.

Once the shelter is completely renovated and all wings are open, Chyrsalis House can provide shelter for up to 108 homeless women and children in a 12-county area surrounding Sulphur Springs.

The cost for this year's Butterfly Ball is $100 per person or $175 per couple. In keeping with the prom theme, the ticket price includes a wrist corsage and a boutonniere for each couple, courtesy of Sulphur Springs Florist.

Call 903-348-6478 or 903-243-3256 to reserve tickets.

Call 903-335-0676 for more information on volunteer opportunities at Chrysalis House.

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