It’s time to dust off your dancing shoes.
The Orange Tie Ball is coming up Friday, Oct. 19.
As part of the Anoka Halloween schedule of events, the Orange Tie Ball is another chance to dress up, but in a different kind of way.
It will be a night of dinner and dancing held at Green Haven Golf Club.
It will be a chance to celebrate the community and the candidates participating in the Royal Ambassador program, said new chairperson Michele Regenscheid.
The Orange Tie Ball is in its seventh year, resurrected by former organizers Roger and Joni Kruse.
“We really appreciate Roger and Joni bringing this event back to the community,” said Regenscheid. “They have left us at a really great starting point.”
The Orange Tie Ball is a fund-raiser, with all proceeds supporting Anoka Halloween’s Royal Ambassador Program, which provides scholarships for three young women who are selected to represent Anoka for the coming year.
The ball will really put the spotlight on those young women in the program.
Regenscheid’s daughters Jennifer and Katelyn participated in past candidate programs and were both chosen as Anoka Royal Ambassadors. She said it really was a highlight of the Anoka Halloween calendar of events. The candidate program is open to girls who live in the Anoka High School catchment area, which also includes Ramsey and a small portion of Coon Rapids.
“I really like how Anoka Halloween builds community and sets good example for the kids,” said Regenscheid.
This year organizers are lowering the early bird ticket price with the hope more people in the community will be able to afford to come out and join the fun.
Tickets are $40 before Oct. 5 or $55 after that date.
At its peak 350 have attended the Orange Tie Ball.
“I know one of the big concerns is what to wear since it’s a ball,” said Regenscheid. “They don’t know if they should wear a ball gown or a Halloween costume.”
The answer is neither.
“Dress like you would if you were going to a wedding, just wear something nice from your closet,” Regenscheid said. “There’s no need to go out and buy something new or rent a tux.”
While there are some people who come to the ball very dressed up, it’s certainly not necessary, she said.
This year’s Orange Tie Ball will feature dance music provided by a DJ. It begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. and a short program at 8:30 p.m.
There will also be a silent auction and raffle prizes – all in the name of supporting the scholarship fund for Royal Ambassador program.
Regenscheid hopes people will come to the ball and stay for the evening to socialize, have fun and show their support for the candidates.
Organizers are hoping businesses or groups commit to a table for eight at the ball.
“That way you can sit with your friends or the people you want to spend your night with,” said Regenscheid.
Those who do reserve an entire table will be rewarded with wine glasses specially engraved with this year’s Halloween button.
To reserve a seat at the ball visit www.anokahalloween.com to download a reservation form. A link for software upgrades that might be needed to get the form is also available. To have the form e-mailed, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who would like to make a reservation by phone call Jill Minor at 763-427-8986. She can also be contacted to make donations to a silent auction or raffle.
Mandy Moran Froemming is at email@example.com