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‘Phantom of the Opera’ makes his way to Krewe of Ceres

It’s one of the grandest events of the year — a yearly staple of Brookhaven for generations. Tickets are now available for the 53rd Krewe of Ceres Charity Ball, where this year’s king and queen will be revealed.

“The Krewe of Ceres Charity Ball is such a festive event and an opportunity to showcase some of Lincoln County’s outstanding young men and women,” Krewe of Ceres President Stephany  Smith said.

The theme this year was announced at a Jan. 9 reveal party — “Phantom of the Opera.” Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 601-757-6141. Doors open at the Lincoln Civic Center at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 7:30.

“We have a blast,” Krewe spokeswoman Shannon Miller said. “There’s dancing and a live band. There’s fellowship. It’s a night to raise money for charity.”

The Krewe of Ceres is a non-profit organization, and Miller said the money raised from ticket sales will go to worthy causes in Brookhaven and Lincoln County. This year, Boy Scouts of America Troop 119 was chosen as the King’s Choice charity, and the Brookhaven Animal Rescue League was chosen as the Queen’s Choice charity.

“(I was) pleasantly surprised and very humbled,” Troop 119 Scoutmaster Rollin Roberts said.

In addition to King and Queen’s Choice, money raised at the charity ball will benefit Mississippi Scholars, Brookhaven Trust, Lincoln Civic Center, Lincoln County Public Library, Blessings in a Backpack, Doll’s House, Junior Auxiliary, Berean Children’s Home, Hospice Ministries of Brookhaven and Ferst Readers.

Miller said that organizers expect a full house for the charity ball, with hundreds attending in previous years.

“All are welcome and encouraged to purchase a ticket to enjoy a night of formal attire, good food and lots of dancing,” Smith said.