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      63rd Charity Ball to benefit children

      The General Federation of Women's Clubs is holding their 63rd annual Charity Ball on Saturday at the Island Resort and Casino, and this year's theme is Venetian Holiday.

      The social hour takes place at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing to midnight. Seventy-five items were donated by local merchants for the silent auction, including wreaths, baskets, Packers tickets and jewelry.

      Tickets are $50 a person and there is a cash bar. Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities and organizations, focusing on children.

      "I think there's a greater need than ever for the children right now in so many capacities," said Dianne Lahtinen, President of the GFWC of Escanaba. "We do different things like raise money for the children to go to different camps."

      Tickets are available for purchase at: The Morrison Shop, Gust Asp, Lisa Ann, Trotter Floral Touch.

      Seat Reservations are available through Leslie: (906) 420-4644