Tickets are now on sale for the United Way of Parker County Little Black Dress Fashion Show and Dinner fundraiser.
The event helps the nonprofit raise much-needed funds to provide services to others in the community. The fundraiser will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at Trickle Creek Ranch in Weatherford and will feature food, fun and fashion.
“This fundraiser is an evening we look forward to each year, which allows the United Way of Parker County to raise much-needed funding for the 10 local non-profits we help support,” United Way of Parker County Executive Director Le’Anne Taylor said. “About 250 guests will have a chance to mingle and view silent auction items before being served dinner, which will be catered by Boo-Ray’s of New Orleans and dessert will be sponsored by Back Home Bakery, which is always a fan favorite.”
The event’s presenting sponsor is H-E-B of Hudson Oaks and some sponsorships are available ranging from $750 to $3,000, which includes tables, recognitions and even participation in the fashion show. Individual tickets are $75 each.
“United Way of Parker County’s mission is to improve lives and build a stronger, healthier community. All the money raised during this fashion event will go back into the community to support the following local community partners — CASA Hope for Children, Child Protective Services Board, Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County, Flourishing Tree, Freedom House, Manna, Parker County Committee on Aging, Sanctified Hope and Stars and Strides Stables Therapeutic Riding,” Taylor said. “The more money we raise at events like this, the more money we are able to allocate to our partner agencies.”
Last year’s Little Black Dress event raised more than $24,000 and United Way hopes that amount will increase to their goal of $30,000.
“We only have a few events a year to raise money for the organizations in Parker County. The best thing is you get to give back while having a great time,” United Way board member Melanie Allen said. “United Way is so important to our community. It is a great place to give because we support so many non-profit organizations. We have really been working hard to get the word out that United Way is countywide. Therefore we have organizations from Weatherford to Aledo and Springtown. I encourage everyone to grab a date and come out to the event. It is a guarantee that you will have a good time.”
Each year, local nonprofits apply to United Way to receive funding for a variety of educational, health and income programs. Nonprofits must meet a list of criteria in order to be eligible to receive the funding.
Taylor said they are still looking for silent auction donations for the event.
“This is such a great way to contribute back into the community in which we work and live because the dollars raised from the items and sponsorships directly affect those in need and the agencies that are working to create lasting change,” Taylor said. “I am personally looking forward to this event because I love to see people coming together for the good of others. Everything we do creates an impact and I believe that fundraising events such as the Little Black Dress are one of the best ways to encourage others to give back and to help support programs for individuals and families in our community.”
Taylor said tickets sell out fast to the event, so to purchase a ticket or for more information, visit unitedwayofparkercounty.org.