Helping Youth in Lauderdale County

Junior Auxiliary of Meridian is asking for your help to help them serve the children of Lauderdale County. Their biggest fundraiser of the year, their Charity Ball, is coming up on Saturday, January 19 at the MSU Riley Center.

Suzanne Helveston, president of Junior Auxiliary of Meridian, tells us, "The theme is Casino Royale. We have a professional gaming company from Biloxi that comes in and sets up real casino games - poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, Texas hold'em. It's a lot of fun."

The funds raised from the Charity Ball will go directly to the youth of Lauderdale County. One event is coming up in the next month and helps freshmen understand the importance of education and money management.

"Reality Check is one we've done for the past four or five years, and it targets high school ninth graders, and we go in and set up kind of a real scenario of what life is like when you graduate from high school," says Helveston.

As Spring gets a little closer, one of the newest projects Junior Auxiliary is undertaking is making sure everyone gets a chance to experience prom.

"Another program we have coming up is called Cinderella's Closet," explains Helveston. "This is our second year to do it, and this gives high school girls the opportunity to become a princess and go to prom. These are girls that are good students. They're nominated by their counselors. They would not be able to go to prom otherwise."

If you would like to help Junior Auxiliary in their service to youth in our community, tickets for the Charity Ball are $50. For more information about the Charity Ball or to get tickets, you can visit the Junior Auxiliary or Meridian's Facebook page.