Police Ball organizers eye record crowd

Staff Writer

The Eighth Annual Police Officers Ball will have food, music and fellowship for the West Point Police Department’s annual fundraiser.

The ball is 7 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Bryan Union Hall. Tickets are $30 each.

"The ball has formerly taken place at The Civic," Captain Virginia Rich of the West Point Police Department, said. "But we've changed the venue to the Bryan Union Hall. We needed to increase the space available. We hope to seat approximately 500 people. We want people to come to dine and dance with West Point's finest."

Last year's Ball saw more interested people than available seating. The change of venue will allow for more tickets to be sold with plenty of room for more participants.

"This is our annual fundraiser," Rich said. "With the proceeds, we fund the D.A.R.E. Program and other community events. This year's theme is 'Strengthening Community Relationships' with a sub-theme of 'Community Matters."

There are sponsorships available for businesses:

Gold Sponsorship is $2,500, and allows for a reserved table and a business logo included at the event.

Silver Sponsorship is $500 - $1,000, and includes a reserved table and business logo included in the printed program.

Proud Sponsor is $300 and includes a reserved table for six.

In-Kind Sponsor provides a service.

"We also offer a Platinum Sponsorship," Rich said. "We hope to have a lot of business who would like to help us by becoming a sponsor. We know from previous years that there are a lot of businesses and individuals who we can count on for support."

The attire for the ball is formal, the P.C. Band will again provide the entertainment, and there will be a DJ. There will be door prizes and donations would be appreciated.

"We plan to have a great time," Rich said. "There will be wonderful food, great music and a lot of fun and fellowship. We love this community and appreciate everything they do to support us. Building and strengthening community relationships is what we want to do."

The WPPD prides itself on the D.A.R.E. Program, which reaches fifth grade students at participating middle schools.

"With opioid addiction on the rise, we want to educate these young people," Rich said. "We want them to feel that they can come to us. We want officers to be approachable. We train all the time on ways to connect with the youth and people in our community."

For more information on sponsorships, donating door prizes or to purchase tickets, call (662)-494-1244.