Bishop’s Ball honors three, helps children
JACKSON — The annual Bishop’s Ball will be held at the Country Club of Jackson beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22.
This year the recipients of the Samaritan Award are the Ken and Mary Brown Family and Maggie Wade Dixon.
The Browns have been leaders in the local community and the Diocese of Jackson for many years especially helping Catholic Charities with special projects. Mary Brown was on the agency’s first advisory board, now called the Governance Council, and was instrumental in helping the agency earn accreditation by the Counsel on Accreditation (COA) which is renewed every five years.
The Browns continue their generosity to Catholic Charities through their son Bill Brown and grandchildren, Shelly and Allyn.
Maggie Wade, news anchor at local television channel WLBT, has been an icon at Catholic Charities’ Journey of Hope luncheons by serving as master of ceremonies for the past 7 years. She established “Wednesday’s Child” for the television station to feature children ready for adoption.
This year’s Bishop’s Ball will include a themed-basket raffle, as well as silent and live auctions.
Some of the live auction items include:
— a dinner-cruise for up to 30 people on “The Friendship,” Father Edward Balser’s houseboat with the meal prepared by the Knights of Columbus of St. Richard Parish.
— two tickets from Southwest Airlines to any location they fly to in the United States.
— a trip to Rome donated by Proximo Travel.
— a “Grenada” leather chest from the John-Richard Collection based Greenwood.
— oil paintings by local artists including Wyatt Waters, Bob Steadman, Tom McCleod, and William Spain.
— a Mother and Child sculpture by Dr. Samuel Gore, head of the art department at Mississippi College.
— a chair by Greg Harkins of Vaughan.
“It will be a fun-filled evening,” said Miriam Koury, assistant development director. “There will be a cocktail reception before dinner with music by the Raphael Semmes Combeaux and These Days featuring Jewel Bass will perform at the dance.”
She said the silent auction and themed-raffle packages will be available for viewing before dinner, and after dinner and the awards presentation, a live auction will be conducted by Michael Louviere, local auctioneer.
Everyone is invited to the ball. Tickets are $75 per person.
Dress is “dressy casual” not formal, Koury said.
The Bishop’s Ball benefits the children’s services at Catholic Charities which include Trauma Recovery for Youth, Hope Haven Residential, Hope Haven/Home Based, Adoption, Therapeutic Foster Care, Born Free/New Beginnings and Unaccompanied Refugee Minors.
For more information call Catholic Charities 601-326-3714.
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