The inaugural Saline Charity Ball and Black Tie Masquerade was deemed a great success.
Thousands of dollars were raised for Saline Area Social Service at the event, held March 10 at LaFontaine Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep in Saline.
Saline Area Social Service helps individuals and families with low incomes by providing a food pantry and other assistance.
The event was organized by Maureen White-Goeman, organizers of Maureen's Designs flower shop in downtown Saline.
“The great thing about wearing a mask at a masquerade ball is you can invent a persona for the night if you want to,” White-Goeman said. “You can present a side of yourself that you normally don’t.”
Food was prepared by Salt Springs Brewery, Mac's Acadian Seafood Shack, Brecon Grille and others. Students from the culinary arts program at Saline High School baked cakes for the event. They also served guests throughout the evening.
Saline High School Principal David Raft was the keynote speaker. Raft has lived in Saline virtually all his life. Raft said that many in Saline don't understand the pressures faced by the less fortunate in the community.
"I've talked with a mother with tears in her eyes because she didn't know how she was going to make ends meet. I've talked with a dad who was living out of his car," Raft said. "I've talked with families who didn't want to go on winter break because they're kids wouldn't have access to the free and reduced lunch program at the school."
Raft said there are more low-income families in Saline than people realize. He credited Saline Area Social Service for helping these families meet basic needs.
To donate to Saline Area Social Service, click here.