The Richmond Register

December 22, 2013

Rotary clubs to host New Year’s Eve ball

By Bill Robinson
Register Editor

RICHMOND — Need something to add to your sweetheart’s Christmas stocking?

The Rotary Clubs of Richmond think they have just the ticket, literally.

The Richmond Rotary Club and the Bluegrass Rotary Club of Richmond are hosting their fifth Diamonds and Denim Ball on New Year’s Eve.

“Remember; New Year’s Eve is just seven days after Christmas Eve,” said Joan Beck, co-chair of the event.

Tickets to the affair, which will include dinner, dancing, drinks and a midnight balloon drop, are $75 each. To purchase them, email or send a message via Facebook at the Richmond Rotary Club, Richmond KY page.

Proceeds from the event, that includes a silent auction, will benefit Rotary’s “Miles of Smiles” program, which provides dental care to uninsured, low-income children in Madison County.

The ball’s theme is “As Time Goes By,” which is appropriate for an event saying goodbye to one year and welcoming a new one, Beck said.

It will take place in the former JCPenney location in the Richmond Mall on the Eastern Bypass.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 8 p.m., followed by dinner at 8:30 p.m. Catering by Ann will serve the meal.

The dancing starts at 9:30 p.m. with the Bent Penny Band providing the music.

The silent auction will run from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets to EKU Center for the Arts events and to University of Kentucky basketball games will be among items in the auction.

Balloons will descend and noisemakers will sound when 2014 arrives at midnight.

Billed as “A Black Tie & Blue Denim Affair,” guests are welcome to dress as formally or as casually elegant for the ball as they wish, Beck said.

The Bent Penny Band, which includes several Madison County members, is known to many in the area from their outdoor summer concerts at Richmond’s Irvine-McDowell Park and at the Richmond Centre fountain.

Attendance last year was 120 and reservations this year are coming in ahead of 2012, Beck said.

This is the second year that “Miles of Smiles” will benefit from the Diamonds and Denim ball.

The Madison County dental community has responded admirably to Rotary’s “Miles of Smiles” campaign, Beck said, so patrons and donors can be assured their money will go far as possible to help local children.

As example, she cited a Berea dentist who agreed this year to program a dental procedure at a deep discount and then returned her fee so that other children could benefit, Beck added.

Corporate sponsors include Madison Insurance and the law firm of Simons, Dunlap and Fore.