Boys and Girls raising funds with Masquerade Ball


Crystal Taylor, one of the organizers for the Boys and Girls Club Masquerade Ball, shows off one of the silent auctions items Thursday afternoon.

Photo by Jenny Gessaman

You may not be able to tell who you’re dancing with, but you will be able to tell why they’re dancing at this Saturday’s Masquerade Ball: for the kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Lewistown.

Office Manager Crystal Tyler is one of the event organizers, and anticipates a good time for all. The evening’s main focus will be the dance floor and its variety of music, but the event also includes appetizers, a silent auction and prizes for the best-dressed woman and the best-dressed couple.

The prizes are a surprise, but Tyler said the auction would feature items donated from independent consultants in the community. She added the Elk’s Bar would be open for dancers interested in drinks.

This year’s inaugural Masquerade Ball was prompted by a new discovery at the Boys and Girls Club, according to Tyler.

“The fundraiser stemmed out of the need to updated our technology for the kids,” she said.

The national organization sent out a survey to its chapters, so local organizations could assess what their kids thought of the program. In Lewistown, survey results pointed to a general consensus among the youth: the center technology, particularly its computers, were old and slow.

Taylor is hoping to put the proceeds from the ball towards laptops. Not only would new computers have better capabilities, laptops would be mobile, meaning they could be used by several programs at once. Taylor said the purchase would have the biggest impact on the STEAM and Homework programs.

“Those programs need a little more availability with their technology,” she said.

Tickets can be purchased at the Boys and Girls Club of Lewistown in person or over the phone at 535-2257.

Dancing the night away
Eager to don a mask and hit the dance floor? Come join the masquerade! Semi-formal attire and masks are encouraged.

• When: Saturday, May 6

• Where: The Elk’s Lodge, 320 Country Club Lane

• What time: 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.



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