Written by Melinda Stevens
Students of the Make-A-Wish Club at Millburn High School will be hosting a “Wish Upon a Ball Ladies Night” fundraiser at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The event is open to women 21 years and older only and will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7. The cost is $75 and will give ladies a chance to enjoy a cocktail hour, dancing, dinner, an open bar and great raffle prizes.
Ladies are encouraged to wear a dress that they may have worn just once and then shoved it in the back of the closet, according to club advisor and organizer of the event Melissa Clinton.
“This event is a chance for ladies to wear dresses they have worn once and could never wear again,” Clinton said in an interview with Patch. “We want ladies to grab that bridesmaid dress, prom dress or wedding dress that you wore once out of the back of their closets, grab your closest girlfriends and have a great night out, while supporting a fantastic cause.”
All proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey, according to Clinton.
“The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes for children with life threatening illnesses and I think, for me, that being able to help and give a child and their family a chance to escape hospital visits, bills and enjoy a granted wish, is great.”
Clinton stated the club raises approximately $3,000 each year through various fundraising events, such as bake sales, lollipop sales and more, and hope to double the funds with the ladies night out alone.
Tickets are available online only at www.signmeup.com/96659 . Deadline to buy tickets is Jan. 31.
This is the first year the club is trying a “Ladies Night Out” event and hopes to make it an annual event if there is good feedback from the community, according to Clinton.
Clinton also stated there will be “fantastic” raffle prizes available tricky-tray style for attendees and a prize for the “most ridiculous dress”.
“Raffle prizes include gift cards to local businesses, spa days, gym memberships and more,” Clinton said.
The Make-A-Wish Club has been at the high school for nine years and the kids have stayed active in every aspect of every event they have held, including the ladies ball.
“The kids in the club created the name, flyers, logo, centerpieces for the event and have generated all the publicity for it,” Clinton said. “They are very excited.”