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Chief calls police ball a success

The White Hall Police Officers Charity Ball on Saturday was a “great success,” Police Chief Richard “Ricky” Wingard said Monday.

The ball at Harbor Oaks in Regional Park helps raise funds for local charitable and community programs, Wingard said. The event was so successful, he added, that he already has requests for tickets and sponsorships for the 2014 edition.

Jimmy Locke won a drawing for a 105-carat black diamond necklace valued at $8,500, the chief said.

Live and silent auctions were held during the ball for autographed memorabilia from television celebrities, musicians and athletes, additional jewelry and trips.

Wingard said proceeds from the ball allow the non-profit association to finance youth baseball, soccer and football programs, and provide scholarships for White Hall High School students.

In addition to providing scholarships and assistance to youth and school groups, Wingard said money generated by the ball provides Christmas assistance for families in need, aid for victims of disasters, community festivals and events, community projects and assistance for families of police officers who are ill, injured or killed in the line of duty.