Aug. 14--Boot-scootin' fun will be happening throughout the second annual Boots & Bling Ball fundraiser in Fort Smith.
The event benefits the Donald W. Reynolds Crisis Intervention Center and will be held from 7-11 p.m.Sept. 5 at the Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 S. Seventh St. Live music by area country/rock group the Brandon Butler Band will be on tap for the evening, as will food, drinks, a silent auction, dancing and more, said Jennifer Hallum, DWRCIC executive director.
"This will be a fabulous evening with terrific music from the Brandon Butler Band, and there will be great food and a mechanical bull," she said. "People will enjoy a nice evening of dancing. It'll be a really good time."
The meal will include "barbecue food with all the fixings," while silent auction items such as Arkansas Razorback football tickets, gift certificates, spa packages, autographed sports memorabilia and a fishing package will catch the eye and, "hopefully," the wallet of attendees, Hallum said.
Last year's event drew about 250 people and raised about $19,000 for the center, which provides a domestic violence shelter, support groups, an assault center for collecting information, a residential program, a DHS-licensed day care and more, she said. This year's fundraiser is expected to attract 500 people, Hallum said.
"We'd love to raise $50,000 from this event; I think that's a pretty fair goal," she said. "We're not quite there yet, so we have table sponsorships and, of course, tickets still for available for sale."
Hallum called the CIS "an important part" of the Fort Smith area.
"We have served about 1,400 women ... and we have about 10 children in the shelter now," she said. "We also have two advocates who go into the public schools to teach about bullying, dating violence and the cycle of violence. We try to get the word out there. We try to help."
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