The adults-only event, which is a fund-raiser for Family Alliance of Paulding County, is scheduled for Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight at the 655 West event facility in Hiram. Tickets are $30 apiece, with music, dancing, prizes and dinner provided by the Olive Tree restaurant.
Family Alliance executive director Linda Verscharen said her agency helps families such as the one in Acworth in which the father recently was charged with the murder and abuse of his 12-year-old son. The mother has sought custody of a surviving daughter.
“We provide so many programs and classes that make an impact on these folks,” she said. “By attending, it’s basically neighbors helping neighbors, giving back to your community.”
Verscharen said there is no dress requirement, though attendees at the inaugural ball in 2012 generally donned business and formal attire with masquerade masks. Some wore costumes to keep the spirit of Halloween, she said.
The Sig Sauer gun will be raffled for $10 per ticket. Organizers will sell a maximum of 500 tickets, she said.
Mainstreet Gold, Gun and Pawn provided the pistol, which is a Sig P238 380 six-round Liberty and has a suggested retail price of $699. It has a 2.7-inch barrel, uses a .380 automatic Colt pistol cartridge, and features a 24-karat gold inlay rendering of the Liberty Bell and the words “We the People” from the preamble to the Constitution.
She encouraged people to attend to have a good time and help a worthy cause.
Family Alliance programs include drug prevention classes in schools and the community. It also oversees the county’s supervised visitation program, which is conducted in a home environment until children in state custody are reunited with their families. More than 2,000 safe visits were done last year, Verscharen said.
Its newest program is Paulding Community Support Partners which helps families connect with resources in the community.