By Chris Bavender
The 17th annual Silver Star Celebration sponsored by the Assistance League of Indianapolis is set to sparkle Dec. 5 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. The fundraiser will start at 10:30 a.m. with silent auction bidding followed by a luncheon and style show.
Money raised at the event will be used to fund the league’s four programs.
“Our largest program is Operation School Bell where we clothe underserved children, and this year our goal is to reach 3,300 children in (kindergarten) through sixth grade,” said Lesley Pascoe, co-chair of the celebration. “They receive clothing, a new coat, books and then hygiene and school supplies. We have a shop downtown in the IPS building and they can come in and shop but there is no money involved. All of the items are new and there are dressing rooms so they can try things on. We try to make them feel special and spend a lot of one-on-one time with them.”
For the third year, the style show – with clothes provided by Secret Ingredient – will feature models from organizations the Assistance League works with, such as Brooks Place and Joy’s House.
“Secret Ingredient will have some of their inventory there as well so you can shop for anything from tops and coats to accessories,” Pascoe said. “And, they donate 10 percent of what is bought back to us.”
Pascoe and her co-chair, Vicki Drake, have added a new item to the luncheon this year – a holiday tree raffle. Sponsored by Chris Cunningham of Service Plus, attendees will be able to buy a chance at a fully decorated Christmas tree and $550 in gift cards.
Not only is the luncheon a way to raise funds, the group also hopes it continues to raise awareness of its services – as well as offer a stress-free time for a bit of holiday shopping.
‘You can support a good cause and find some Christmas gifts – it’s just a very festive occasion,” Pascoe said.
Last year’s Silver Star Celebration raised more than $49,000. Pascoe hopes to surpass that this year.
“We usually have 500 to 600 people in attendance – we max out the Ritz Charles,” she said. “Of the money raised – as with all our grants and fundraisers – 88 cents of every dollar goes back to the community and stays here locally for our four programs.”
Tickets are $50 and $70 and include charitable donations of $25 and $45 respectively. For more information call 577-8387.