Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

September 25, 2013

Masquerade Mayhem returns for third year

By STEVEN PENN steven.penn@flyergroup.com
Hendricks County Flyer

---- — AVON — The black-tie optional fundraiser Masquerade Mayhem, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Avon, will return for its third year — and second benefiting Susie’s Place — Oct. 4.

The event will run from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Washington Township Park Pavilion, 435 Whipple Lane, Avon.

Kaye York, who is on the board of directors for Susie’s Place and is a co-chair for the event, said there will be a dinner and a cash bar, as well as other festivities.

“There’s going to be a jazz band and dancing and there are some other games to play,” she said. “There’s a 50/50 raffle, a gift card pull, and there’s going to be a game called Truffle and Time.”

The Truffle and Time game, she explained, works by purchasing a truffle dessert, which will put the buyer in contention to win a Tissot watch donated by Nelson Jewelers in Brownsburg.

York said this year those who attend can have a one-of-a-kind mask painted on before they enjoy the festivities.

“There will be a face painter there that can give you a really nice masquerade mask, if you choose, which will be complimentary,” she said. “There are also numerous silent auction items available to peruse and bid upon. Then there will be three or four live auction items.”

For those wanting to capture the fun of the evening, York said there will be a photographer on hand to do complimentary photo booth-type shots.

After raising a little more than $26,000 with last year’s event, she said the goal for this year is to raise $30,000.

She added that the money raised at this and other events is crucial for Susie’s Place.

“The funding that this event provides helps lots and lots of people within our community and really far-reaching outside our community across the state of Indiana,” York said. “It basically helps us keep our doors open to serve these kids.”

Two main sponsors for the event are IU Health West and Hendricks Regional Health (HRH).

IU Health West President and CEO Matt Bailey said this event is a perfect avenue for partnership between the two hospitals.

“Hendricks County is fortunate to be served by two high-quality, highly regarded hospitals,” he said. “As we transition into an era of accountable care with a focus on population health, there is clearly a place for collaboration for the greater good — even between institutions that compete for business. Partnership in supporting selected community events and initiatives, particularly those that speak to the health priorities identified in community health risk assessment surveys, is a forward-thinking approach I hope might be a model for other Indiana counties with multiple hospitals serving its residents.”

HRH President and CEO Kevin Speer said the hospital is happy to be able to support Susie’s Place.

“As an integral part of the Hendricks County community, Hendricks Regional Health takes great interest in the health and well-being of our children,” he said. “In late 2007, our hospital was involved in the initial talks to develop Susie’s Place and child advocacy services in Hendricks County. The work that is done at Susie’s Place is exceedingly important and we are proud to continue supporting this service in our community.”

Amy Hayworth, who is a member of the Avon Kiwanis Club and is the other acting co-chair for the event, said Susie’s Place is a great organization for the club to help.

“Susie’s Place services not only Hendricks County, but all of Indiana,” she said. “Because they are funded primarily from grants and donations, we feel it is such a vital importance to our children that this event, our largest fundraising event of the year, goes toward their services.”

Tickets for the event are $75 per person. To purchase tickets, visit the website at www.susiesplace.org or call 272-5696.