New Kent County residents and visitors can dress up in fancy attire for a good cause this weekend.
Bridges of Change, an organization that aids victims of domestic violence, will hold its first Royal Masquerade Ball from 6-10 p.m. Saturday to raise money for a 24/7 emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and abuse.
The ball is fully funded by sponsors and donations. It will be held at the Cumberland Plantation, 9007 Cumberland Road in New Kent, and will have a fancy Southern theme, according to Bridges of Change treasurer and victim advocate Shawna Gray.
The ball is black tie optional and will feature host CBS 6’s Jon Burkett, live statues and music from the band Flashback. Food will be catered by Colonial Kitchen and Williamsburg Catering.
Tickets for the event are $75 and include food and two drink vouchers, according to Gray.
There will also be a silent auction, door prizes, raffles and ball superlatives voted on by attendees.
Raffle prizes include a Yeti cooler, two gift certificates to Third Base Grill and a one night stay at Gracefield Hall Bed and Breakfast, according to Gray.
Leslie Jingluski, owner of Colonial Kitchen, said the food will reflect the southern theme.
“We will have a mac and cheese bar, mashed potato bar, pasta, shrimp bites and a full bar,” Jingluski said.
Jingluski said she is happy to keep everybody fed for the great cause.
The ball will also have 10 volunteer drivers to drive attendees home safe, according to Gray.
“While we want everyone to have a good time, we also want to ensure everyone's safety and we want to take that extra step to ensure that,” Gray said.
Gray said 90 tickets were sold by Monday afternoon, and she hopes county officials and staff will attend.
Gray said in her years as a victim advocate, she has noticed a gap in services in Charles City, New Kent, King William and King and Queen counties.
“People have to go to Richmond and Williamsburg for help and we want to help them here,” Gray said.
The shelter’s opening is still far away, but the organization is raising funds and applying for grants through government departments, according to Gray.
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