FREEPORT — Started seven years ago to help Brazoria County youth, the Bunny Hop Gala hasn’t missed a step.
The benefit for Salvation Army youth education programs will be from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday at RiverPlace, 733 Mystery Harbor Lane. The night will include a dinner, music by Intercostal Pirates and live and silent auctions.
The event, which sells out every year, raises about $40,000 annually for the Salvation Army’s programs through sponsorships, the auctions and ticket sales.
“We knew we wanted to invest in children,” event organizer Joe Ripple said.
The auction items provided should excite attendees, Ripple said. They include a hamburger cookout for 30 people, barbecue grill and beach house weekends.
“We have some great items,” he said. “We got a lot of opportunity to give them some nice things. It’s a fun time and it’s all for a great cause.”
The is the first year Capt. Justin Vincent, leader of the Freeport-based Brazoria County Corps of the Salvation Army, will be involved with coordinating the event.
As Vincent sees it, Friday’s fundraiser is of great importance to the Salvation Army and its local mission, he said.
“The Bunny Hop is critical to what the Salvation Army is going to be able to do this year,” he said.
The Army didn’t meet its $180,000 goal for the kettle drive fundraiser in December, raising about $164,000, he said.
“It is short of our goal, but with the Bunny Hop fundraiser, it is already promised to raise the remaining amount of our kettle goal,” Vincent said.
The night promises to be quite the event, he said
Tickets are $50 each and only a handful remain available. They are available by contacting Ripple at 979-480-0576 or joe firstname.lastname@example.org.