WPPD Annual Ball tickets almost sold out

 The first West Point Police Department Ball in 2012 helped to get the D.A.R.E. program funded to educate fifth grade students in the West Point Consolidated School District, Oak Hill Academy and Hebron Christian School about the harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
Staff Writer

There are a few tickets left for the Seventh Annual West Point Police Department Ball at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at The Civic.

Tickets are $25 per person. Proceeds from the event fund the D.A.R.E. program in the West Point Consolidated School District, Oak Hill Academy and Hebron Christian School.

"If you plan to attend and haven't purchased tickets, now is the time to do so," Linda Mitchell, event coordinator, said. "We only have a few left. We've had a lot of phone calls this morning for tickets. We think we will be completely sold out very soon."

Mitchell said tickets have not only been sold to those who live in West Point, but there has been interest from the surrounding communities, as well.

"I started selling tickets in January," Mitchell said. "I didn't see any reason to wait. I'm glad I started early. There won't be any tickets available at the door. The tickets won't last that long."
West Point Police Chief Avery Cook expressed the police department’s appreciation of the support that has been shown by the community.

"We will have door prizes that have been donated by the community merchants and restaurants," Cook said. "They have been so generous to provide us with very nice door prizes."
Mitchell said everyone will be given numbered tickets upon entering and numbers will be drawn from those tickets all during the event.

"You must to be present to win," Mitchell said. "We will be drawing all through the evening. It's a great reason to stay and enjoy the evening with us."

The event will have a catered dinner with baked chicken, roast beef, loaded mashed potatoes, green beans, pasta salad, rolls, assorted desserts, with tea and lemonade.

"It's all about fun, food, fellowship, food, music and dancing," Mitchell said. "It is a great way for the community to support the D.A.R.E. program."

Mitchell said the first Ball was in 2012, and the event has continued to garner interest in the community with many people attending the formal event every year.

"We ask that those in attendance not bring in alcohol," Mitchell said. "Being sponsored by the West Police Department, we can't sanction drinking and driving."

Proceeds from the event will fund the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program.

Cook said Tina Sloan will be in charge of the D.A.R.E. Program for the schools in West Point and Clay County.

"D.A.R.E. usually targets children in the fifth grade," Cook said. "It's a good age to educate them on the dangers of drugs, tobacco and alcohol. Usually they start thinking they know everything in the sixth grade. From then on, it's peer pressure, trying to be cool and they start getting into trouble."

Cook said the drugs have changed in the past few years. It is important that children understand how dangerous drugs are today.

Cook said children need to understand the choices they make have consequences, bad choices have bad consequences.

"It doesn't matter what neighborhood you're from, what school you go to," Cook said. "The drugs are there. Don't think they aren't. The D.A.R.E Program helps kids understand the dangers. We want to make sure the program continues for a long time. Buying a ticket to the ball ensures that D.A.R.E. will continue."

For more information or to purchase tickets call Linda Mitchell, 494-1244.