Sweetheart Ball benefits needy children

Inaugural event takes place Friday at Community Center
By: Jim Ratajczak The Telegraph
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To help needy schoolchildren, the Folsom Cordova Unified School District wants residents to have a ball. The district, coordinating with the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership, will host the inaugural Sweetheart Ball 7 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Folsom Community Center. The evening will be emceed by Folsom councilmember Steve Miklos. Proceeds from the event will be used to establish the Helping Hand Fund. This is the first time this event is being held, said district public information officer Heather McGowan. When children's basic needs aren't being taken care of, it's hard for them to learn. The Helping Hand Fund is dedicated to addressing the individual needs of students and families and broad needs within individual schools in the Folsom and Rancho Cordova communities. The Helping Hand Fund will help bridge some of the unmet human needs that hinder students from doing their best in school, said FCUSD superintendent Patrick Godwin. Children can't learn if they're coming to school needing basic things such as food, shoes, glasses, or emergency health and dental needs. This fund will help meet those needs. The Sweetheart Ball will feature gourmet cuisine, with food provided by Off the Vine Catering and the Cordova High School Culinary Academy. Hip Service, the 2006 Stammy Award recipient for Best Dance Band, will provide music for an evening of dancing. The night will also have silent and live auctions. Items up for bid include sports memorabilia, home décor, art, and getaway trips. Of course, proceeds from these auctions will benefit the Helping Hand Fund. The Folsom and Rancho Cordova communities each have a history of supporting those in need, said Paul Shane, executive director of the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership. The Sweetheart Ball is an excellent opportunity for community members and businesses to donate directly into the local community and the futures of our communities' children. Tickets for the event are $50 each and can be bought at the FCUSD office, 125 East Bidwell St. For more information about the Sweetheart Ball or to purchase tickets, visit or call Heather McGowan at 355-1111, etc. 123.