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Holyrood will dance for park improvements

POSTED: March 20, 2012 1:29 p.m.

The coming of spring usually means prom season, when the local high schools have the ritual Junior/Senior Proms, where the students dress up in formal attire for a night of dining and dancing.
This year, the Holyrood Park Committee is having a semi-formal affair for the adults of Ellsworth County, called the Emerald Ball and Auction.
“We just thought it would be kind of fun and kind of different,” said committee chairperson Angela Schepmann. “There aren’t many opportunities to do something like this in the area. People can wear what they would to church. It isn’t a formal, with tuxedoes and ball gowns. It’s a semi-formal affair.”
The Emerald Ball is a fundraiser for the committee, which is working to refurbish and restore the Holyrood City Park.
“Our park wasn’t just run down, it was dangerous,” Schepmann said. “A lot of the equipment didn’t meet the national guidelines for safety. The majority of the equipment has to be removed. The park wasn’t handicapped accessible.”
The park committee formed in April of 2011 and has been working on different fundraising ideas and events. The Emerald Ball will be the big fundraising event for the group, which wants to raise a total of $91,694 to replace the playground equipment. The committee is also applying for grants from local charitable organizations like the Stump Foundation to meet its goals.
The committee also would like to create a walking or jogging trail within the park, to wind through the flower beds of the park.
“We’d like to give opportunities for adults to enjoy the park as well,” she said.
Currently the committee has about $10,000 towards its goal.
The Emerald Ball will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the American Legion building in Holyrood. The festivities begin with hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail hour, with a cash bar. During the social hour, the committee will be conducting a silent auction. The committee has published a 36-page auction catalog that previews the items donated by people and area businesses for the silent auction.
During the evening meal, which will be catered by Ellsworth Steakhouse, a live auction will be conducted to sell the services that have been donated to the group. Following the live auction and meal, Timbercreek DJ will provide music for the dance. 
Tickets cost $35 per person and can be purchased at the Bank of Holyrood. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Schepmann at (785) 810- 8086. The tickets include a drawing for the prize-jewels of the event, an emerald necklace and matching earrings that will be presented following the live auction.
“Even though it’s a semi-formal, we won’t kick anyone out that shows up in shorts and a tank top,” Schepmann said. “It’s going to be a fun evening.”

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