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The 8th Annual Black and White Ball 2013, benefitting the Children’s Advocacy Center

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The 8th Annual Black and White Ball 2013, benefitting the Children’s Advocacy Center is at 8 p.m. to midnight Sept. 22 at Bayou DeSiard Country Club. This year’s honorary chairman is Victor Cascio.

“This event is dedicated to the life and work of Victor Cascio. He has always been a champion for non-profits in Monroe. Through his article in The News-Star, he has promoted our Black and White Ball tirelessly through the years. The city of Monroe loves Victor, Marie and their family very much! Thank you for your kind heart, brilliant eye and warm spirit,” said co-chairwomen of the ball Sue Sartor and Kim Leija.

The gala will feature the band Soul Track Mind and a silent auction.

Serving on this year’s committee with Sartor and Leija are decorations chair Kelly Taylor, Laura Centola, Robin Erwin, Claire Gordon, Misti Hajj, Jennifer Lord, Arabella Montgomery, Mica O’Niel, Karen Oliver, Sayde Reichert, Angie Sager, Katherine Sartor, Amy Sawyer, Janelle Snellings and Debbie Stockstill.

The board of directors of the Black and White Ball are Sue Sartor, president, Charles Marsala, vice president, Wendy Giovingo, secretary, Kim Leija, treasurer, Effie Ifediora, Donna Nolan, Dr. Benjamin I. Oyefara, Dr. Barry Ricks, Angie Sager, Merion Sanderson and Kathy Victory

Guests are invited to come in their best outfits of black and white and black tie is optional. Tickets are $100. For information, call the The Center for Children and Families, 398-0945.

Harrison earns Eagle Scout

Hunter A. Harrison, 18, of Boy Scout Troop 27 in West Monroe was honored at a special Eagle Scout Ceremony on Aug. 18 at Faith United Methodist Church.

To earn Scouting’s highest award, Hunter had to earn 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop, and complete a major community service project.

Hunter’s service project took place at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum. Leading 18 scouts and adults, Hunter repainted the fire house exhibit as well as built skating aids for the ice skating rink.

Hunter has been a member of Troop 27, chartered to Faith United Methodist Church, for six years. He received his Order of the Arrow award June 2010.

Hunter is a senior at West Monroe High School. In the future he plans to enroll at Louisiana Tech University and major in civil engineering.

Hunter is the son of Stan and Rebecca Harrison of West Monroe. He is the grandson of Mike and Mary Rabb of Ferriday and Pat and Erma Harrison of Monroe. He is the great-grandson of Mrs. Theo Rabb of Ferriday and Mrs. J.K. Hazlip of Waterproof.

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