It’s something out of a Cinderella story with ball gowns, tuxedos, high heels, and a night full of elegance next weekend.

Instead of wearing glass slippers, mad hats are highly recommended at the Junior Auxiliary’s 58th Annual Charity Ball with this year’s theme – the Mad Hatter’s Charity Ball.

The ball will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 24 at Shiloh Ridge Athletic Club.

According to Heather Kuykendall, president of the Junior the event will feature catering by Vicari, live music and desserts by Lauren’s Cake Shop.

There will be a silent auction of items donated by local businesses. A presentation of Living Ads and Citizen of the Year will also be shown.

“It’s definitely going to be a fun night to celebrate our living ads and the citizen of the year. There will be a great band and wonderful silent auction items to bid on,” said Heather Kuykendall, a Corinth native.

It’s going to be a fun-filled evening consisting of amazing food and great music, said one woman.

“However this year will look a little different as we prepare for social distancing. We will be adding a tented outdoor space where we are hoping to live stream the presentation as well as the band from inside,” said Amanda Henderson, chairperson for the charity ball.

Even though the country is in the middle of a pandemic, Kuykendall doesn’t want the public to feel unsafe about attending the ball.

“We have actually moved the event to both inside and outside. Therefore, people will not have to stay in the building the whole time. We will also have social distancing areas and DAB sanitizing stations throughout the event,” she said.

Masks are encouraged as well as Mad Hats, said Henderson.

The dress code for the charity ball is cocktail attire and black tie optional. Tickets are on sale for $75 per individual or $150 per couple.

In the past, between 300 and 500 people usually attend the ball.

Kuykendall hopes many people will support the event this year.

“We are currently getting a new head count of how many people will be in attendance,” she said.

According to the volunteer, this is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Junior Auxiliary, in which funds are raised to help provide for the children of Alcorn County.

“We have several service projects in place such as Camp Hollywood, Baby Steps, Care Closet, Case Work, Manners Challenge and many more,” said Henderson.

Kuykendall said she and the rest of the JA members have put in a lot of effort to put this once a year event together.

“We have a very fun theme this year and we’re looking forward to a fun night,” she said.

Everything is planned to take place next week as discussed, she said.

“We are having the ball unless the governor puts in different restrictions then we will have to postpone, but otherwise we won’t,” she said.

Those interested in attending the event or have any questions regarding the Mad Hatter’s Charity Ball can send an email to jaccharityball@gmail.com or send a message on any of the organization’s social media outlets.

Staff Writer

Gabby Boyd is a native of Iuka and a graduate of the University of Souther Mississippi where she majored in broadcast journalism. She is a staff writer for the Daily Corinthian and an published fantasy fiction author.

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