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‘Bling in 2019’ to welcome new year

December 19, 2018

If you are 21 or older, you are cordially invited to “bling” in the new year with style and pizzazz at the inaugural Black and White Ball on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, at Valley Park in Hurricane.

Sponsored by Valley Park and the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission, along with The Lead Group, the first-time, black-tie event will include customary New Year’s Eve accoutrements such as food, drinks, music, dancing and more, including a champagne toast and balloon drop as 2018 transitions into 2019 at the stroke of midnight.

Festivities will get underway at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 with Academy Awards-style, “purple carpet,” paparazzi-inspired photo opportunities at the Valley Park Conference Center entrance at 1 Valley Park Drive in Hurricane. Each attendee will receive a swag bag when he or she arrives.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres featuring “The Taste of Putnam County” items, specialty cash bars and dancing will be available, beginning at 9 p.m. Bravo Live DJ will add the soundtrack of music spanning the 1970s to current tunes.

“We’ll be a showing a live feed of the ball dropping at Times Square at midnight,” Putnam Parks and Recreation Executive Director Jarrod Dean said. “Folks will be able to walk in on a really nice purple carpet. It’s going to be high class and top notch.

“We’ll be awarding all kinds of different prizes throughout the night,” he said, “and the swag bags everybody gets has all kinds of gifts in them, from men’s cologne, to women’s jewelry, all kinds of really good, value items in them.

“This area has never really had a New Year’s Eve event of this magnitude. A lot of people go to Huntington or Charleston for their New Year’s Eve parties, but since we built this new conference center, we’re able to hold an event of this size, so it’s very beneficial to the community,” Dean said.

Proceeds from the New Year’s Eve gala event will benefit The Lead Group Foundation and The Friends of the Park Foundation.

“The Lead Group Foundation focuses on women’s professional development, and they deal with a lot of the medical fields, as well. They’re a great group for us to partner with, and they’ll be doing several conferences at the conference center next year. We’ve formed a really good partnership there,” Dean said.

Tickets are available through the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission by calling the offices at 304-562-0518 or visiting the website, www.putnamcountyparks.com, or the organization’s Facebook page. Tickets are $75 for individual seats or $500 for a table for eight or 10.

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