Charity Ball: Rockin’ to the ’80s

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal


Asian-inspired cuisine and decorations, glitz and glam and a bit of rock ‘n’ roll make up this year’s Charity Ball.
The Junior Auxiliary of Tupelo is presenting the 49th annual ball, and this year’s theme is “Evening in the Orient.”
“We chose that theme because at the heart of Charity Ball is our community, and Toyota has already made a big impact on our community this year,” said Jennifer Calhoun, a Charity Ball co-chairwoman.
Chef Joshua Simpson will create food with an Asian flair, and decorator Mark McAlister is using lots of bamboo, candles, lanterns and orchids to create an Asian vibe. After all, Calhoun said, “bamboo is a symbol of friendship.”
Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased at Reed’s Gift Shop, Staggs, Flowerdale Marketplace, Village Frame Shoppe and J. Britt Lighting.
The Tupelo Symphony Jazz Band will perform for the program, which includes the presentation of Living Ads and the Outstanding Citizen Award.
Afterward, Memphis rock ‘n’ roll band Almost Famous will take the stage.
“They’re labeled as an ‘80s cover band, but they play a little bit of everything,” said co-chairwoman Blake Hill.
The band performed at Charity Ball last year and were a hit.
“We had to turn the lights on and shoo people out,” Hill said.
The Charity Ball has its draws, from the music to the food to the decorations, but Junior Auxiliary president Julie Smith said folks should come to Charity Ball to help out their community. The Junior Auxiliary uses the money raised at Charity Ball to help children across Lee County.
“This is our fundraiser,” she said. “This is definitely a community event.”
Calhoun agreed.
“We reach out and serve over 500 children every year,” she said, “and without Charity Ball we couldn’t do that.”
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

Get Ready To Shine
WHAT: Charity Ball’s “Evening in the Orient”

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: BancorpSouth Arena, Tupelo

TICKETS: $40 each

INFO: (662) 231-4319, (662) 842-7544