The Black and White Charity Ball Friday featured a silent auction, steak dinner, wine tasting and live entertainment. The ball was held at the Lake Martin Event Center at the Rodeo Club to benefit the Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Martin Area United Way. | Alison James

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Black and White ball raises $3,000

Published 12:19pm Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hard work and dedication went in to holding the Black and White Ball Friday, and organizers are saying it was worth the effort.

“It was fabulous,” said Marge Shikoski, co-owner of the Lake Martin Event Center at The Rodeo Club where the event was held. “Everyone enjoyed themselves, dancing and enjoying the music, (and) the food was delicious.”

Tickets to the ball were $50 apiece, and profits – from ticket sales, the silent auction, wine glass sales and photo sales – totaled about $3,000, which was split between the Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Martin Area United Way.

“It’s a wonderful contribution,” said Sharon Fuller, United Way executive director. “It wasn’t budgeted, but with us not making goal quite yet, it’s really going to help.”

The steak dinner, silent auction and live music by the 2nd Coming band drew about 130 attendees, said Betty Litsey, chamber executive administrator.

“I think it went really well for the first year,” Litsey said. “Everybody seemed to have a really good time.”

Karen White, chamber president, said they hope to make the ball an annual event.

“It’s something that we can build on,” White said. “It was a lot of fun. I didn’t hear one complaint.”

Litsey said although it was an expensive event to put on, she thought it was a great thing for Dadeville and the Lake Martin area.

“There’s really not anything here where people can go and dress up,” Litsey said.

Fuller offered her thanks to the Central Alabama Community College Ambassadors for volunteering as servers at the event and said she was impressed with the way the Rodeo Club was transformed for the event.

“The sparkly lights were a wonderful way to start the holiday season,” Fuller said. “It just was very festive.”

Shikoski said everyone praised the event and said they wanted it to continue being held at the Rodeo Club – some people even said it should be held four times a year.

“I was so pleased that everyone I spoke to just had a wonderful time,” Shikoski said.