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Ring in 2012 at the Boots & Belles Ball hosted by Project ReNeWal

COVINGTON -- This year Project ReNeWal has an answer to that age-old question, "What are you doing New Year's Eve?"

The group, which is dedicated to assisting the victims of domestic violence in Rockdale, Newton and Walton counties, has organized the Boots and Belles Ball to ring in the new year. The event promises to have plenty of good food, entertainment and fun for all as 2011 is bid farewell and 2012 dawns.

"Normally our main fundraisers are the golf tournaments and we've had those already this year," explained Lt. Paul Dailey of the Covington Police Department who serves as board president for Project ReNeWal. "Due to the budget cuts from state and federal grants for different nonprofits, we're having to raise additional funds. This is the first New Year's fundraiser, but we hope to make this an annual event."

The ball will begin at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31, at the DeKalb Tech Conference Center (the old Beltronics Building) at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington.

Entertainment will include dancing to the music of the well-known Shane Millwood Band, as well as Doug Jones' Tribute to Elvis, a crowd favorite. Heavy hor d'oeuvres will be provided by Plain Nuts Catering and a cash bar will be available.

Also planned for the evening will be a silent auction, which will feature a wide variety of items donated for the occasion.

"We want to make this a good, safe event without people having to drive all the way to Atlanta to enjoy New Year's Eve festivities," Dailey said. "Everybody will definitely have a good time."

Project ReNeWal helped approximately 3,000 individuals last year at the shelter where they moved several years ago. The location of the shelter is kept secret and it is capable of offering housing to about 27 folks at one time.

"We never turn anybody away. If we don't have room, we call on neighboring shelters in DeKalb and Henry counties. They help us out and we help them out," Dailey said.

Tickets to the Boots & Belles Ball are $55 per person or $400 for a table of eight. They can be purchased by calling 770-860-9770 or by going to the website at www.projectrenewalgeorgia.com. For more information or tickets, Dailey can be reached at 770-385-6431.