Annual military ball set for Feb. 22

The 8th Annual Benefit Military Ball promoters plan to make this year's event a standout winner.

According to Rick Ingler, president of the Veterans Council, tickets must be purchased in advance and the deadline is quickly approaching. Tickets to the event are $35 per person, with $10 of the ticket price going toward the benefit. The vent will be held Feb. 22.

Tickets can be purchased from any veteran organization until Jan. 21. Tickets sales will continue by mail until Feb. 14 by writing Veterans Council, P.O. Box 8201, Sebring, FL 33872. If ordering by mail, include the ticket price per person and choice of menu option: Prime rib, rock Cornish hen, or vegetarian lasagna.

Corporate sponsors are encouraged. A sponsor table is $500, with the sponsor receiving eight ball tickets and recognition in the ball program. A $300 level sponsor will receive four ball tickets and recognition in the program. Any $150 sponsors will receive two tickets to the ball and program recognition, while the $100 sponsors receive program recognition and one ball admission ticket.

Sponsored by the Veterans Council of Highlands County, the festivities are slated to be held at the Island View Restaurant in Sun 'n Lakes, Sebring. Formal or dress blues attire for the evening is strongly encouraged. Semi-formal or unit colors are also acceptable. Veterans and military personnel are encouraged to wear their dress uniforms. While some veterans may not have a dress uniform, they are encouraged to wear their medals.

While the ball is to recognize and support veterans and military personnel, the public is invited to attend and support the ball.

The ball will begin at 5 p.m. with a social time, continuing with the opening ceremony beginning at 5:30. The formal dinner banquet will be served at 6 p.m., along with a military cake cutting ceremony.

Plans call for awards for the Outstanding Veteran Organization, Outstanding Veteran, and Outstanding Non-Veteran, each representing the greatest contributions to education, promoting patriotism and support of the activities of the Veterans Council.

Musical entertainment this year is provided by Bob Weed, providing dance tunes for all genres. Dancing and music will continue until the 10:30 p.m. closing ceremonies.

There will be a silent auction, paper-bag auction, door prizes and a raffle. Proceeds from the event support the activities of the Veterans Council of Highlands County and the Veterans Assistance Fund.