The Ashland Beacon
Toys filled a tow-behind camper, as party guests danced the night away at the annual Jingle Bell Charity Ball.
The fundraiser for CAReS and other local nonprofit agencies had a successful night filled with holiday cheer amid a sold-out crowd.
“This is the biggest year we have had since the start,” CJ Cieraszynski said. “We never want to see a child go without at this time of the year.”
Cieraszynski shared her story of growing up and not having very much during the holiday season. With working hard and dedication, Cieraszynski started the ball in honor of her son who had passed away, and to give back to children who may be in the same situation as her growing up.
“The kids know Santa is supposed to come and it’s just such a magical time of year,” she said.
As guests arrived at the event, hosted at Bluegrass RV, they were greeted by Santa’s elves eagerly waiting to welcome guests and collect toys for the toy drive.
“To see a whole trailer full of toys is beyond amazing,” Cieraszynski said. “It’s taking over the campers.”
Once entering and finding their seat, partygoers had the opportunity to shop at the silent auction filled with unique items from local artists and businesses supporting the cause of the ball.
“Our sponsors really believe in this event and we are very grateful for all of them,” Cieraszynski said.
After guests had a while to mingle among the crowds, food from Smokin’ J’s was served in a buffet style along with all sorts of drinks and cocktails.
“It’s just a great night of community and holiday fun,” Cieraszynski said. “Everyone looks amazing and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves.”
Once everyone made it through the lines and sat down to eat, guests were serenaded by the Party Bus Band who played hit after hit, drawing a crowd out to the dance floor to complete the evening of fun with music and laughter.
“Each year it gets bigger and bigger and more successful,” Cieraszynski said. “It really warms my heart to see everyone here and who cares about the goal of the night.”
Toys collected at the event will go toward the CAReS Giving Tree, and then if any are left over will be given to other area organizations.