Junior Auxiliary preparing for Mardi Gras Charity Ball

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The MSU Riley Center will transform into a Mardi Gras wonderland in a matter of hours.

The Junior Auxiliary of Meridian is hosting its annual Charity Ball Saturday night.

It starts at 7 p.m. at the MSU Riley Center. The ball will include live entertainment, a silent auction, a wine pull and much more.

“We have been working on this probably since March of last year,” ball co-chair Caroline Compton says. “In the past few weeks, it's been crazy trying to get everything done, but it's all worth it because all the money goes back to serving children in Meridian and Lauderdale County.”

The money raised at this ball goes to help a variety of different programs.

“It directly impacts children and families in the area,” ball co-chair Patty Ann Bogue says. “We have the mini grants program, RIF, Helping Hands, we work hand-in-hand with the upcoming children's museum here in town and also JAMS with the Hope Village children.”

The coronation of king and queen will begin at 7:30 p.m. You can buy tickets from any JA member or at the door Saturday night.