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‘Having a Ball, Keeping the Faith’ Dinner to Benefit Gray House

LUDLOW — The 19th “Having a Ball, Keeping the Faith” benefit dinner will be held Saturday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at Ludlow Country Club on Tony Lema Drive in Ludlow. This year, proceeds from the event will benefit the Gray House in Springfield, according to Pastor Barbara Callender, founder of the “Having a Ball, Keeping the Faith” committee and pastor of God’s Way Ministries in Springfield.

“Each year we hold a benefit for a different group or person,” said Callender. “When we heard the Gray House was having financial difficulty, we knew we wanted this year’s event to benefit them because of the work they do and the great need in Springfield.”

Dena Calvanese, executive director of the Gray House, said her organization “has been blessed by the number of people that volunteer and donate,” adding, “it is the support of community members and groups that has kept the Gray House open for more than 30 years and allows us to serve over 8,000 people a year.”

In addition to the dinner, there will be a silent auction and raffle. Live music will be provided by the band Built for Comfort. Tickets to the event are $40. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Cherie Callender at (413) 455-8786 or Calvanese at (413) 734-6696, ext. 100.

The Gray House is a small, neighborhood human-service agency located at 22 Sheldon St. in the North End of Springfield. Its mission is to help neighbors facing hardships to meet their immediate and transitional needs by providing food, clothing, and educational services in a safe, positive environment.