The Inaugural Saline Charity Ball and Black Tie Masquerade, benefitting Saline Area Social Service, takes place March 10 at the LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership in Saline.
Tickets for the event are $75 each or $550 to sponsor a table.
The event is sponsored by LaFontaine, Maureen’s Designs, Perry’s Tuxedo Plus and VIP Smoke and Vape.
Maureen White-Goeman is the owner of Maureen’s Designs flower shop in downtown Saline. The charity ball is her idea.
“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.”
The food is being prepared by local caterers and restaurants. Angel Food Catering will serve Florentine stuffed chicken breast. Salt Springs Brewery is preparing a beef carving. Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack will serve breads and salads. Christian’s Catering is preparing a side dish. Brecon Grille is also planning a dish.
Each ticket comes with a complementary drink. There will also be a cash bar. Salt Springs Brewery will serve craft beer.
Outside, in a heated tent, guests can enjoy cigars and bourbon.
The Saline High School Jazz Band will perform. White-Goeman is also hoping to attract a string quartet.
A DJ service will play music through the night.
Dancers from Come Dancing will help get the dance floor hopping.
Saline Area Social Service serves the community’s financially challenged residents and families.
White-Goeman has been dreaming of this event for years.
“Masquerade balls are fun. I like theme parties. There are already so many fundraising dinners and activities and a lot of them are the same. People love to give to charity, but let’s make it fun and unique,” she said.
She was inspired by the Winter Beach Blast for Cystic Fibrosis.
“People loved the beach party in March. People let their hair down when it’s a theme party. It’s an opportunity to act outside of their normal box,” White-Goeman said.
Last year’s Winter Beach Blast was the last one. So White-Goeman jumped at the chance to fill the hole in the community’s social calendar.
“There’s nothing to do that time of the year. So I wanted to step into that space with something just as fun,” she said.
Perry’s Tuxedos on Michigan Avenue is renting tuxedos for $125 -- $25 of which will be donated to Saline Area Social Service.
People who don’t make or buy their own mask can have one made at the ball. Art students from Saline High School will make masks for the guests in exchange for a donation.
Saline Area Social Service is also asking people to decorate a tables -- the best decorator wins a getaway at Shanty Creek. People can also donate to a silent auction.