By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Stars will be out for Mayor’s Ball

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterCaption here Newby Elementary students in the KOB program work to color stars that will decorate this year’s Mayor’s Ball.
Marcus Larson/News-Register
Caption here Newby Elementary students in the KOB program work to color stars that will decorate this year’s Mayor’s Ball.
Marcus Larson/News-RegisterBrennedy Laguatan applies glitter to her star she’s making for the Mayor’s Ball.
Marcus Larson/News-Register
Brennedy Laguatan applies glitter to her star she’s making for the Mayor’s Ball.

The theme of the 26th annual fundraiser is “Stars of the Show,” in honor of the “stars” who attend the Kids on the Block elementary after school program.

KOB is the reason behind the Mayor’s Ball. Proceeds from the gala help more children participate in the enrichment program five days a week.

Tickets for the fundraiser are going quickly, said Janet Adams, KOB director and organizer of this year’s ball. More than two-thirds had been sold by the end of January.

Cost is $40 per person. Tickets are available from McMinnville City Hall and via the website, www.mayorsball.com.

In keeping with the theme, the McMinnville Community Center will be decorated with all sorts of stars. Some will be glittering, five-pointed stars made by KOB students. Others will be glowing gold stars hung by volunteers and crews from C&D Landscaping, which is donating its services for the fundraiser.

Ball-goers can reflect the theme in their attire, as well, Adams said.

If you want to dress as your favorite Hollywood star, or wear an ensemble spangled with stars, go for it, Adams said. A cocktail dress or a suit is fine, too. And if you want to go all-out with a tuxedo or luxurious floor-length gown, go right ahead, she said.

“Wear whatever’s comfortably fancy and fun for you,” she said, noting how she’s planning to wear “something black and sparkly.”

The relaxed dress code — previous balls were black-tie affairs — is one of several changes this year.

The ball will be a bit shorter than usual, opening at 8 p.m. and lasting until 11:30. The entrance procedure will be streamlined, so guests can walk directly in, rather than waiting in line, Adams said.

Instead of a full dinner, the ball will feature hearty appetizers — Adams suggested that couples go out to dinner on their own before the ball, making an evening tailored just to their tastes.

Five Guys Named Moe will play for dancing all evening. About 20 prize packages will be raffled off; tickets are $5 each or six for $25 at the ball.

Guests also can buy blinking light pins as an additional way of supporting KOB.

Like earlier years, a brief program about the importance of the program is scheduled midway through the ball, about 9:30 p.m. Mayor Rick Olson will speak, as will KOB board members.

The afterschool program started in 1989 as a cooperative effort of the school district, the city and business and community members. The idea was to provide a place for children to go between the time classes ended and their parents arrived home from work.

Today, about 430 first- through fifth-graders are enrolled in the program. They spend the first hour after school eating a snack and doing homework or reading. Then they have their choice of a variety of activities, ranging from arts and crafts to music, sports and science, technology, engineering and math.

For more information, call Adams at the community center, at 503-434-7310.

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