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Chick Ball benefits violence prevention center

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It was a party atmosphere with a serious purpose during the annual Jackson Free Press Chick Ball.

The eighth annual event got underway Saturday at Hal and Mal's with live musical entertainment until midnight.

This year they are raising money to build a rape crisis facility at the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl.

An autographed Ole Miss football jersey signed by Deuce McAllister is among the silent auction items.

Supporters could bid on various goodies from jewelry and art.

They also took part in the Men of Character live auction.

"When we started partnering with J.F.P. eight years ago there was very little said in the press and in the media about the real issue of domestic violence in the community and being able to talk about this issue has helped so much. It's help victims feel like they can come forward and talk about it," said Sandy Middleton Executive Director with the Center for Violence Prevention.

"A lot of women and even children who come into the center for violence prevention in pearl have been sexually abused and so they desperately need to have rape crisis services on site," said Jackson Free Press Publisher Donna Ladd.

Last year's Chick Ball raised more than $14,000.00.

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