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Black and White Ball surpasses $50k goal

The 2018 Ambassador, Rainee Jonassen, 3, walks the red carpet with her mom, Jackie Jonassen, Saturday night at the ninth annual Black & White Ball benefitting Starved Rock Regional Center at Senica's Oak Ridge. The event's red carpet award's show theme included participants from Annette Barr Photography Studio's winter photography camp acting as paparazzi. The three campers are Marley Walker, 9, Valentina Duque, 10 and Adi Walker, 14, all of Ottawa.
The 2018 Ambassador, Rainee Jonassen, 3, walks the red carpet with her mom, Jackie Jonassen, Saturday night at the ninth annual Black & White Ball benefitting Starved Rock Regional Center at Senica's Oak Ridge. The event's red carpet award's show theme included participants from Annette Barr Photography Studio's winter photography camp acting as paparazzi. The three campers are Marley Walker, 9, Valentina Duque, 10 and Adi Walker, 14, all of Ottawa.

More than $50,000 was raised for the Starved Rock Regional Center for Therapy and Child Development at its recent black and white ball, exceeding its goal for the fundraiser.

The ninth annual Black and White Ball in partnership with ONYX was Feb. 24 at Senica's Oak Ridge.
 
About 200 guests attended the event, which included dinner, dancing, a complimentary martini bar sponsored by TCI Manufacturing, music by Wes Hauskin’s Trio and Tony Bianchi from WRWO 94.5 FM, photos by Annette Barr, a live auction presented by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers, raffles and an introduction of the 2018 Ambassador, Rainee Jonassen, and her family.
 
All of the proceeds will remain local and help children. SRRC is a non-profit agency that serves more than 500 children per year. Services include speech, developmental and physical therapy to children throughout the Starved Rock area; a child care center for children with and without special needs in Ottawa, and toddler classes for 2 year olds.

The red carpet-themed event included celebrity look-a-likes, student volunteers acting as paparazzi and décor by Tony Einhaus.

Awards were presented as follows:

Oscar Winning Sponsors
ONYX
Ottawa Noon Rotary
The Times

Red Carpet Sponsors
Blythe Flowers
Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
The Justice Law Firm

Backstage Pass Sponsors
Annette Barr Photography
Dieken Straughn Farm Management
Illinois Valley Contractors Asssociation
OSF Healthcare
Quality Care Cleaning
Senica’s Oak Ridge
The Auto Inspector

Best Area Business Sponsors
Draftech
IV Cellular
Malooley Dahm Realty

Best Business Builder Sponsors
Dr. William Vesely
Farmers Insurance
Marseilles Sheet Metal

The 2018 Black & White Ball Committee included: Angela Bayley, Caroline Bresendorf, Katie Donofrio, Frank Duttlinger, Heidi Emmett, Joanne Farabaugh, Rob Hasty, Benjamin Hettel, Tereza Hettel, Trisha Mangold, Doug Patterson, Mark Pyszka, Helio Ruvalcaba, Sarah Stroner and Corey Tedford.
“The ball continues to be a solid fundraiser that is beloved by the community,” said Tracy Beattie, President & CEO of SRRC, in a press statement. “Thanks to everyone involved, we exceeded our goal and continue to raise more every year. We are truly looking forward to the 10th annual ball in 2019.”
For more information, contact Beattieat 814-434-0857 or tracyb@starvedrockcenter.org

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