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Third annual police ball set for Saturday

March 18, 2014

DTL staff

Things are rolling along for the third annual Police Ball, set to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Civic in West Point.
Linda Mitchell , WPPD communications officer and event coordinator, said of the 300 tickets originally available for the event, just 50 remain to be sold.
“It’s going really good,” Mitchell said. “We couldn’t do this without the community. Everyone has been really supportive. ... We just want everyone to come out and have a good time, and fellowship.”
The semi-formal affair doubles as a fundraiser for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, which seeks to educate fifth-grade students at West Point city schools and Oak Hill Academy on the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Mitchell said money received from the event would go to provide materials for the D.A.R.E. program, such as books and T-shirts for the graduation ceremony.
“Mostly, it’s for the graduation,” Mitchell said. “But it helps with whatever other supplies she (Juvenile Officer Zate McGee) needs for the program.”
Tickets for the event are $25 and may be obtained from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the West Point Police Department. According to Mitchell, the previous two balls have sold well, with a sold out event in the first year and 200 tickets sold the following year.
The event, she said, typically brings in about $3,000 for D.A.R.E.

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