DANVILLE — Tickets still are available for a "royal" event that will raise money for an organization serving abused and neglected children.
CASA of Vermilion County officials cordially invite area youths and their families to the third annual CASA Royal Ball on July 13 and 14 at Harrison Park Clubhouse in Danville.
Tickets are sold out for July 13, but are still available for 1:30-5:30 p.m. July 14.
Tickets are $20 apiece. Children under 2 get in free.
Tickets can be purchased on the organization's website at http://www.casavermilion.org. They also can be purchased at Carmack Car Capitol, 3724 N. Vermilion St., Danville, or Bud's Express Cellular, 22 N. Jackson St. or 2802 N. Vermilion St., Danville.
"This is the third year we've offered this event, and it grows each year," board President Jane Dobbles said of the event, which also aims to raise awareness about the arts for children — including theater, art and dance — and create a one-of-a-kind experience for children in the community, which allows them to be an active participant in a fairy tale.
CASA of Vermilion County, a nonprofit organization established in 2007, trains and supervises community volunteers to serve as appointed advocates for abused and neglected children in foster care.
At the event, the clubhouse on West Voorhees Street is transformed into a castle decorated with thrones, medieval shields and other decorations, while the grounds include an enchanted fairy land, tents and a 21-foot wooden pirate ship.
Dobbles said a new feature of this year's show is an outdoor performance by pirates near the ship.
Children and their families will be treated to a royal play in the opening 30 minutes and get to be entertained by the king, queen, princes, princesses, knights, jesters, fairies and other characters.
They also have a chance to participate in a variety of activities during the ball.
Kids will get to participate in a variety of activities throughout the ball. They include:
— Receiving mini-makeovers and treatments at the royal spa, doing crafts that they can take home at the royal art gallery.
— Snacking on sweets and fruit and being entertained by dancing forks, spoons and dishes in the banquet hall.
— Getting a professional portrait taken with their favorite princess for a fee.
— Watching a pirate show with dancers, singers, tumblers and actors and dancing with them on their ship.
— Following a magical path filled with flowers and illuminated by lights through the woods and interacting with fairies. Children will make their own magic fairy dust to take home.
— Taking in a magic show by the royal wizard in the wizard's den.
— Climbing into Rapunzel's tower.
— Taking a carriage ride for a $5 fee.
Families also have a chance to buy limited-edition Royal Ball T-shirts, handmade royal attire and other art. Portions of those proceeds will benefit CASA.