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Dress up for Tillsonburg's first Masquerade Ball

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Tillsonburg Gives Back is a Facebook group that does just that.

"We wanted to create a group on Facebook that focuses on positive," said Charli Kielly. "Inspirational stuff about the town and the people of Tillsonburg. We've actually had a lot of positive feedback – it's a 'feel good' page."

Kielly and friends wanted to take it forward, and organized a community fundraiser. Their charity is the town's school snack programs, and their event is a formal attire Masquerade Ball on Saturday, May 2, 8 p.m. at the Tillsonburg Soccer Club.

"I just thought, we don't have something like this in town... for couples to get dressed up, go out, and have a good time."

And the best part, she said, is giving it back to the schools' snack programs – benefiting students at all of the local elementary schools.

"We wanted something that went to the heart of Tillsonburg, our kids. The kids are our future.

"The snack programs only get limited funding, so they rely on other fundraising."

Kielly said she plans to dress up using a 'western' theme, but "it's pretty much anything... we'll probably see a lot prom-type dresses."

Masks – a masquerade tradition – are optional.

"If they're not comfortable wearing masks, that's okay. As long as they're dressed formal."

Kielly expects a range of ages, from 20-year-olds to 30-year-olds, 40-year-olds to 50-year-olds...

"We already have a lot of every age," she nodded.

Tickets are $20, available at Indigo Lounge on Tillson Ave. The Masquerade Ball will have a cash bar, silent auction, midnight buffet, and PHOTO BOOTH.

"And a DJ," Kielly noted, "who donated the fee for the night to give back to Tillsonburg. And Marcel from Chrissy's Catering gave us a massive discount on the late night lunch. So we're getting a lot of support from the community."

The Soccer Club on Quarter Town Line will accommodate 200 people, said Kielly, who is expecting to sell out – or come close to it, while saving a block of tickets for walk-ons.

"If it does well, we might do it at the Community Centre next year."

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