The Buffalo Bill Kiwanis hosted a Victorian Masquerade Ball Saturday night in the ballroom at the Prairie Arts Center in North Platte.

The black-tie gala offered music by a deejay, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, casino games, a silent action and prizes.

Leading up to the Masquerade Ball, the arts center presented a “create your own mask” class Jan. 17, and a class in ball room dancing on Jan. 21.

Proceeds from the fundraiser went to the Kiwanis playground equipment fund. If all goes according to plan, the playground will be erected at the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park by the end of the summer.

It will be the Kiwanis’s third playground they have donated. One is in Cody Park and the second is at the Bridge of Hope house.

Kiwanis member Ali Jo Abler said she thought a masquerade ball would be a fun way to raise money for the playground equipment. The $70,000 playground will be ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.

The North Plate Buffalo Bill Kiwanis was created in 1964. Their focus is to help children in North Platte and Lincoln County. Some of the other organizations supported by the Kiwanis are Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts of Nebraska, Boy Scouts of Nebraska and the Lincoln County Museum.

The Kiwanis’s next fundraiser event will be a 1920-30s murder mystery in May.

Tickets will be around $40 and include a meal. Participants are assigned a role two weeks beforehand, and will be expected to participate in character.

Two similar mystery theaters were held last year — one with a cruise ship theme, and the other had a 1800’s theme.

Nationally, the Kiwanis has more than 600,000 volunteers who serve their communities.

Organizers were grateful to their gold, silver, and bronze sponsors, pianist Reid Wagner, the Rise Above Productions music service, Executive Director Holly Carlini of the Prairie Arts Center, Kiwanis board member Jay Engel; Kiwanis president Mike Sovereign, Kiwanis president to-be Mindy Borges; Courtney Ewald, Lois Lynes, and Kiwanis treasurer Linda Thompson.

The North Platte Kiwanis meets at noon every Tuesday at Great Plains Health in the A, B, or C conference room. They invite community members to join.

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