By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Cleveland/Bradley Keep America Beautiful is planning an adults-only Halloween party to raise money for its educational programs for children. The organization is planning its first “Monster …
Cleveland/Bradley Keep America Beautiful is planning an adults-only Halloween party to raise money for its educational programs for children.
The organization is planning its first “Monster Ball” for Saturday, Oct. 28, starting at 7 p.m. in the Cleveland Elks Lodge. The event, presented by Coca-Cola, will help celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary and provide a night of spooky fun.
"We're encouraging people to wear their favorite Halloween costume, since we'll have a photographer at the event," said KAB Executive Director Joanne Maskew. "We'll have a contest for the best costume, scariest costume and most creative costume.”
Tickets will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, with adult beverages available for purchase at the Lodge’s bar.
Attendees can also expect dancing, with opportunities to do the “monster mash” to the musical stylings of The Dexter Thomas Band.
This 10-piece band features a dynamic combination of male and female lead vocals and has been performing high-energy shows across the South since 1995. Its music offers a mix of ‘60s and ‘70s rock-and-roll, along with a healthy mix of rhythm and blues.
"We're excited and honored to be featuring The Dexter Thomas Band," Maskew said. "The band is very well known and has legions of fans so even if you're not familiar with KAB, the band alone is a good draw."
The name “Monster Ball” might sound familiar to some who have lived in the Cleveland area for a while. A similar event was previously held by another organization, but its leaders decided to go in a different direction for their fundraising.
Maskew said KAB is happy to be bringing this monster event back from the dead to help support its efforts to educate people on the importance of keeping their community “beautiful.”
Proceeds from this event will go to support KAB’s educational programs, many of which provide learning opportunities for children in local schools.
Elementary school teachers in Cleveland and Bradley County can contact KAB and arrange for free visits from its staff and volunteers. These visitors plant seeds both literally and figuratively, leading activities such as flower seed-planting and talking about ways students can help the environment.
Environmental awareness activities are also offered for middle and high school students, including things like essay contests and school recycling initiatives. High school students have also been engaged in local environmental cleanup efforts.
“It is really important that we continue to get out there with students, so we can teach them the importance of protecting the environment,” said Maskew.
Tickets to the event are $50 each. Tables can also be reserved, with tables for four going for $250 and tables for eight going for $500.
“Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event, but we're really hoping people will get their tickets in advance so we can plan appropriately for food and beverages," said Maskew.
For tickets or more information, call Maskew at 423-559-3307.
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