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2500 North Highway 288 in Angleton. Tickets cost $20 and are available by calling 979-849-6132.

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ANGLETON — Grandparents across Brazoria County are invited Friday to put on their dancing shoes and head to the Pearl Event Center to share a special evening with their grandchildren at the inaugural Grandparents Ball.

The fundraiser event will raise money for ActionS, a nonprofit organization based in Angleton that provides free services to senior citizens throughout the county. Organizers hope it will provide a venue for grandparents to connect with their grandkids and that it will become an annual event for community members.

“It’s really to help get the grandparents out with the grandkids and get them to spend a little time together,” said Murphy Rankin, director of ActionS.

The concept for the ball is similar to a daddy-daughter dance or a mother-son dance, event chairperson Breah Knape said. Those dances continue to gain popularity, she said, and ActionS felt this type of event would engage its clients and the community as a whole.

In addition to music and dancing, the ball will feature a photo booth, a place to play board games, a finger food buffet and a full candy bar, she said. Local politicians and business owners will be on-hand as celebrity waiters to serve Shirley Temple and Roy Rogers drinks.

There will also be a silent auction for the adults and a prize raffle for the kids. The auction includes tickets to a Sugar Land Skeeters baseball game, tools and autographed novels, among other items, Rankin said. Up for raffle are six youth bicycles, dolls, candy watches and an array of additional goodies.

“There will be a lot going on,” Knape said.

Proceeds from the event will go to support ActionS programs, which seek to target critical needs for the county’s senior population. Interest in its meal and transportation services continues to grow, Rankin said, with the number of seniors enrolled nearly doubling over the past 14 years.

The organization operates six congregation centers were patrons can go five days a week to get a free, warm meal, and also delivers meals directly to clients who are homebound. All of the meals are vetted by two nutritionists to ensure they provide a balanced diet, Rankin said.

Another popular service is providing free transportation for seniors who have no other way to attend medical appointments or run errands. Some of those trips are made for dialysis patients who need to access medical care regularly for treatment, Rankin said. Others help seniors get to the grocery store or the post office.

One of the most important services is simply providing a space for seniors to get out of the house and meet other people, Rankin said. Clients who visit the organization’s centers often play board games, solve jigsaw puzzles or sit and talk.

“At our centers, the socialization is just as important as getting a hot meal,” he said.

The Grandparents Ball will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the Pearl Event Center, 2500 North Highway 288 in Angleton. Tickets cost $20 and are available by calling 979-849-6132.


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