The child-assistance event of the year is taking shape as the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) yearly fund-raiser Blue Jeans and Ball Gowns has been scheduled and organized. Again, East Texans will be showing off their dancing skills as a dance contest will be one of the evening’s main draws. Name-droppers will also have plenty of names to drop as a flock of local dignitaries will attend. These celebrities include:

* Judge Alfonso and Melissa Charles

* Judge Tim Womack

* Judge Becky Simpson

* Fox 51 Anchor Kristen Chapman

* Cole Tomberlain of Tomberlain Insurance

* Steve Brown of Prosperity Bank

* Julie Woods of Julie Woods and Associates

* Jim Bartlett of Jim Bartlett Fine Jewelry

* Municipal Judge Donna Blalock

* KETK Anchor Elisabeth Armstrong

* Stephanie Brown of Texana Bank

* Gregg Colquitt of Citizens National Bank

Dance contest participants will include Amy Canton, Steven Collins, Ross Morgan, James Vaughn, Bonnie Farinella, Shea Vogel, Jade Killingsworth, Michele Wood and Tena Vogell. Special thanks for assisting in the competition’s preparations goes to Tena Vogel Dance & Dottie Hunt Studios. Judge Bill Stoudt will serve as the dance contest’s announcer. In addition, Longview Fire Chief Johnny Zachary is one of the hosts.

The judges in attendance will also assist with the live and silent auctions. There will be something for everyone on this evening, and nobody should miss it.

For additional information on the ball please contact CASA Executive Director Shelly Smith at (903) 918-8100 or at Tickets are available at Sponsorships can be purchased at

The event will be held at the Maude Cobb Convention Center at 100 Grande Boulevard in Longview. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. The festivities will conclude at 11:00 p.m. Proceeds will go to benefit the mission and activities of the East Texas CASA, which last year assisted 291 victimized children from Gregg, Rusk and Upshur counties. To help the children CASA use trained volunteers who serve as the voice for abused and neglected children who have been removed from unacceptable home situations by the State of Texas. Attending Blue Jeans and Ball Gowns is a way of supporting CASA’s goal of providing a voice for every child in East Texas communities.