All together now: Holiday Ball’s fun fundraising

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imageWhen good friends with big hearts celebrate the season and give back at the same time, holiday magic happens. That’s the idea behind the Dec. 3 Atlanta Holiday Ball, which aims to become gay Atlanta’s next big tradition.

Of course, Ls, Gs, Bs and Ts are experts at creating events that feel as good while you’re there as they do after you realize how much it helped those in need. The organizers of Atlanta Holiday Ball are no exception.

After a hiatus of the local women’s holiday dance called Good Friends for Good Causes, the folks at Atlanta Women’s Business Network and Atlanta Executive Network wanted to bring back the glamour and giving—but to expand it for all of LGBT Atlanta and its allies.

“Atlanta’s community is large enough and has a such a great reputation for being really inclusive,” says Julie Short, co-chair of this year’s event. “The men have always been so supportive of our events, and we of theirs, so we felt it was time for us to all get together—men, women, everybody—at the holidays and have some fun and raise some money at the same time.”

So the ball for all was born. The event, which takes place in the classy Druid Hills Country Club, benefits the Good Friends for Good Causes non-profit, and this year’s beneficiaries are the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative and Circle of Sisters. And pull those dressy clothes out of the mothballs, Short says. The Holiday Ball is celebrating in style.

“We didn’t want to have a lot of speeches or anything stuffy,” she says. “Let’s just get dressed up and have a really good time.”

Delicious food, dancing to the music of DJ Vicki Powell, and even a piano lounge for a slower groove are all on tap. And did we mention the prizes? Yes, child. Prizes. Everyone who attends is automatically entered in a raffle for some fabulosity, and goodie bags are in store for everybody filled with great items donated by sponsors.

“Everybody really stepped up to the plate to make this happen,” Short says. “We couldn’t put this on and maximize the donations without the generous time, money, effort and energy so many people have put in. I’m really proud of what we’re accomplishing.”

Advance online tickets are $85, and sales are already rolling toward hundreds of guests. If you wait to pay at the door, the price goes to $100.

“It’s time for all of us to come together and do a really good thing for people we may never meet,” Short says. “Our community shows time and again that we’re really good at this. We’re willing to open up our wallets and hearts to help others. It feels good, and it’s fun. Prepare to have a really good time.”

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