Saturday, May 21, 2022

Junior Auxilary’s Mardi Gras Ball: Let the Good Times Roll for a Great Cause

JA Charity Ball Event Flyer

I hope you haven’t put up your dresses and sports coats just yet. ladies and gents of Oxford, because the Junior of Auxiliary of Oxford is hosting their fourth annual Charity Ball this Friday, January 22 at The Lyric in Oxford at 7:00 p.m.

If you are ready to begin celebrating Mardi Gras, but just can’t make it to New Orleans, then this will be the event to start off the Winter social season. This year’s ball has a Mardi Gras theme so it is a guaranteed good time but more importantly for a great cause.

Guests will be able to dance the evening away with entertainment from Nashville’s Music City Rhythm Revue. The event will also feature savory catering from Oxford’s own The Second Line and beer by Yalobusha Brewing Company. If you’re looking to enjoy some libations, then there will be a cash bar available for guests. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased in advance from any chapter member, Belles and Beaus or Ross Family Dental. Tickets can also be available for purchase at the door the day of the event.

For those not familiar with Junior Auxiliary, it is a national organization that was founded on the principles of helping children and making a difference in their lives. Through eleven projects detailed on the next page, Junior Auxiliary of Oxford is able to provide charitable services that are beneficial to the general public with particular emphasis on children. Please take time to read over the projects and determine which project you would like to financially support. You may make a donation without specifying a project. You will receive community recognition for your donation, but most importantly, you will change a child’s life.

The amazing women of the Junior Auxiliary work tremendous hours to give back to the community and children of Oxford. This is the sole fundraiser for them, so why not put on your dancing shoes for an amazing cause?

Guests will bid on some amazing live and silent auction items as well as a wine pull throughout the evening. I have been keeping up with some of the items for both the live and silent auction, and I hope you are ready because there will be a bidding war going on for everyone of these items:

Here are the 8 items that you can bid on during the live auction:

Napa Valley Epicurean Adventure (Priceless)

Fairmont Bermuda Getaway ($9,470 value)

Two Diamond Club tickets for South Carolina baseball series (donated by Ross Bjork – $1,200 value)

Eli Manning signed NY Giants jersey (Priceless)

Grove Catering Package – local restaurants each chipped in to cater one game for next football season. The package includes: A&N Catering, My Michelle’s, Main Event, Rib Cage, Newk’s, McAlister’s, and Abner’s. ($1,300 value)

Crawfish party at Round Table on the Square – 50lb. of crawfish for 25 people on the Round Table patio ($1,000 value)

Lois Arrechea 36″x48″ landscape painting ($1,695 value)

Sarah Robertson 30″x40″ Grove painting ($1,295 value)

That is just the tip of the iceberg for the evening there will be over 77 silent auction items available to bid on. If you can think of it, it probably will be available in the silent auction. Here are the categories of items you will be able to find throughout the silent auction Friday evening: Art, Dining, Entertainment, Fashion, Health & Beauty, Home, Kids, Photography, Sports, and Travel.

Some of the most exciting items include: four One-Day Park Hopper passes to Disney World, $500 gift certificate to Hinton & Hinton, week of camp at Camp Lake Stephens, a VIP experience at the new Pavilion, tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game and a signed Lance Lynn baseball, stays at the Alluvian, Delta Cotton Company Flats above Ground Zero, The Inn at Ole Miss, and the Graduate.

We all know we should never pass up a grand time especially for this kind of cause. I hope to see everyone ready to dance the night away and have a great time at this year’s fourth annual Charity Ball presented by the Junior Auxiliary of Oxford. All the event proceeds go directly back to the community and children of Oxford and are used for the programs that are set through the year by Junior Auxiliary to give back and empower the Oxford Community.

For more information, visit the Junior Auxiliary of Oxford on Facebook or contact Samantha Weathersby at 662-202-6669 or 662-816-5443.

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Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo is a contributor, veteran SEC sports journalist and Brown University graduate. She loves good cigars, good games and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order. She can be reached at

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