SDN Staff Reports
Tickets are stlll available for those wanting to enjoy a Mardi Gras celebration with a Mississippi State flair and help the community’s newest emergency response agency.
That’s the date for the Bully Gras Ball being held as a benefit for Oktibbeha-Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services (OSERVS).
The Bully Gras Ball is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 — this coming Saturday — and will be held at the Starkville Country Club. The ball will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks and a cash bar, as well as multiple other activities. Dress is formal or semi-formal.
The ball is being organized to raise money for the OSERVS’ disaster relief, preparedness and emergency response programs. OSERVS is a non-profit agency.
The ball, says OSERVS board chair Carol Moss Read, will celebrate MSU and incorporate many elements of a traditional Mardi Gras celebration, including a Bully Gras Royal Court that will be announced the week of the event.
The court will include multiple dukes and duchesses, from which a Bully Gras king and queen will be chosen and announced the night of the Bully Gras Ball, Read said.
The featured entertainment for the ball will be The Flames, a well-known R&B band that has performed numerous times locally.
“The Bully Gras Ball is a signature fund-raiser for OSERVS, and it is an annual event,” said Read. “We are excited about the event and look forward to a fun evening that celebrates both the Mardi Gras season and Mississippi State.”
Tickets for the ball cost $50 per person and will be on sale beginning Wednesday at the OSERVS offices at 100 Highway 12 East at South Jackson Street or by calling the office at 418-8911. OSERVS board members will also be selling tickets over the next few weeks.
Tickets may also be purchased at the Starkville Daily News offices at 304 E. Lampkin St. during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Monday to Friday.
Bully Gras Ball sponsorships are available at the following levels:
• Purple Level — For a contribution of $1,000, the sponsor’s logo appears in the first position in the Bully Gras Ball program, verbal recognition will be given at the event and tickets will be given for four people to attend.
• Gold Level — For a contribution of $500, the sponsor’s logo appears in the secondary position in the Bully Gras Ball program, verbal recognition will be given at the event and tickets will be given for two people to attend.
• Green Level — For a contribution of $250, the sponsor’s logo appears in the third position in the Bully Gras Ball program.
All sponsors will receive recognition through newspaper publicity.
For more information about Bully Gras Ball sponsorships, contact OSERVS director Becky Wilkes or Program Coordinator Connie Malone at 384-2200 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information about OSERVS and its service mission in the community, visit the organization’s website at http://www.oservs.com .