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The Arvada Vitality Alliance (AVA) is in the business of bettering the community, and the group has asked Arvada residents to take a trip through time to do the same.“We really want to reach the younger donors and families in Arvada,” said Dot Miller, an AVA board member. “You can go out on a Friday night and spend $100 just at the bars. Here, you’ll go out, see three shows, experience two concerts and eat for that.”The Time Travelers Ball is Feb. 13, Valentine’s Eve. The event will take over a ballroom at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. For $100 a ticket, guests — dressed up from multiple eras — will experience a stylish event while serving nonprofits of their community. Thanks to sponsorships, all proceeds will go back into the pockets of Arvada nonprofits.“Ralston House greatly appreciates the support of the Arvada Vitality Alliance,” said Don Moseley, executive director of the nonprofit, which serves sexually abused children and teens in Jefferson and Adams counties. “Its financial assistance helps us to provide high quality services for children and families in Arvada to heal after experiencing abuse and trauma.”Started in 2011, the AVA dedicated itself to strengthening the city’s charitable organizations, help fund worthy causes and build community connections.“The Arvada Vitality Alliance truly has its finger on the pulse of the community,” said Joni Inman, executive director for the Jefferson County Business Education Alliance. “It understands where the greatest needs are and helps to fill those needs.”This year’s Time Traveler’s Ball, the first in what organizers hope to be an annual fundraising event, will feature a variety of entertainment from a Scottish sword show to performances by a swing band and local rock ‘n’ roll band the Duke Street Kings.“It’s funky,” Miller said of the event. “Immerse yourself into every party that’s ever been thrown ... From the distant past to the distant future, come dressed for the era that captures your imagination — this is the event Arvada’s been waiting for.”
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