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Decatur Assembly hosts the 24th annual PACT Ball on Saturday at the Decatur Country Club.
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Decatur Assembly hosts the 24th annual PACT Ball on Saturday at the Decatur Country Club.

24th annual Decatur Assembly ball raises money for PACT to prevent child abuse
a night on BROADWAY

By Patrice Stewart
pstewart@decaturdaily.com · 340-2446

It’s more than bright lights and red carpet.

Spending “A Night on Broadway” on Saturday helped raise funds to prevent child abuse in Morgan County.

While the final tally isn’t in, Parents and Children Together executive director Tiki Hubbard hopes the 24th annual PACT Ball will raise about $30,000 for her agency.

Caki Bolding presents a tray of appetizers to Kelley Hayes and Carol Bolding during the reception for the PACTBall on Saturday at the Decatur Country Club.
Caki Bolding presents a tray of appetizers to Kelley Hayes and Carol Bolding during the reception for the PACTBall on Saturday at the Decatur Country Club.
The 125 members of Decatur Assembly plan the PACT Ball with a different theme each year. Co-chairwoman Kay Woller said they planned beams of light and red carpet to walk across to go along with “A Night on Broadway.”

Another new twist for this year’s ball, held inside the Decatur Country Club, was two types of dinners. A reserved seating option was available for the downstairs diners, while those choosing to “mix and mingle” upstairs had a buffet and were close by when the dancing began to the show band Black Widow.

A New York skyline could be seen outlined on the wall when the curtains were pulled and guests walked upstairs for dinner. The menu and program for the evening were in the form of a playbill.

“Kay came up with this concept. Her thought is that every PACT supporter is a star,” Hubbard said. Whitney Clemons is ball co-chairwoman, and Kelley Hayes is president of Decatur Assembly.

The money raised by the ball is important for PACT, Hubbard said.

“There are many grants that require us to get matching money, and then we have expenses that can’t be covered by grants, so we have to depend on this privately, locally raised money for that,” she said.

Many people make donations above the $250 per couple ticket price.

Rachel Vought, left, and Terrie Ledbetter during the PACTBall.
Rachel Vought, left, and Terrie Ledbetter during the PACTBall.
One of the areas this money will help with is the intake program, Hubbard said.

“As a family resource center, individuals come here seeking a variety of types of support. The intake worker opens doors to the other services and also supplements our Parents as Teachers home visitation program,” she said.

Research shows having access to tangible resources during times of need is an effective child abuse prevention strategy, she said.

Decatur Assembly’s only mission is to raise money for PACT. If “A Night on Broadway” helps one child or one family avoid a tragic outcome, Decatur Assembly has done its job.

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