The annual Westminster Rock Ball is back, bringing local business people, politicians and leaders together on stage to perform classic rock 'n' roll acts to raise money for the children of Carroll County.
Rock Ball chairwoman Sandy Bertamini said the event, which is the Kiwanis Club of Greater Westminster's biggest fundraiser each year, gives the community a chance to see the "who's who" of Carroll County let loose and have fun.
"The entertainment of the night is a range of all the high echelon people in the county," she said. "It's really cool to watch them on stage. They're people you would never think you'd see performing rock 'n' roll acts."
Bertamini said the night starts out with hors d'oeuvres and drinks before moving onto a catered buffet dinner for guests to enjoy.
After people have had a chance to enjoy the food, the entertainment will begin with performances by notable community members, followed by a DJ, she said.
Performers this year include mayors, a city councilman, a chief of police and a county commissioner, among others.
She said this year groups will lip sync and dance to The Beach Boys, Johnny Cash, June Carter, The Coasters and more. Performers will also be dressed in the style of the singers and acts they are impersonating, she said.
Ann Bollinger, the chairwoman of the 2011 Rock Ball, said last year's stand out performance was the closing act: a performance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
Westminster Mayor Kevin Utz, who has performed at the Rock Ball in the past, said his daughter Jennie was involved in the "Thriller" act last year.
Utz said his entire family became involved in helping Jennie practice the dance - even his young grandson was imitating Jennie's moves.
"The groups of folks who are involved put their entire heart and soul into whatever their performance is," he said. "It's very competitive in that everyone wants to out-do the others, but it's a friendly competition."
Utz said he has enjoyed performing in the past. He said he was hoping to attend this year's Rock Ball, but one of his daughters is getting married on the same day, so he won't be able to make it.
In addition to the main performances, the Rock Ball will feature a silent auction of items donated by local businesses. Bertamini said the silent auction will feature a little bit of everything, from a stay at a bed and breakfast to jewelry and gift baskets.
Bollinger said last year more than 200 people attended the Rock Ball, which raised approximately $10,000.
She said this year the Kiwanis Club would like to see 250 people at the event, and they are aiming to top last year's fundraising amount.
All of the money raised will be donated to local children's organizations and charities, Bertamini said.
Last year the Kiwanis Club donated to several organizations, including Carroll Child Care Center, the Boys and Girls Club, Shepherd's Staff, Mission of Mercy and Common Ground on the Hill for their children's programs.
Bertamini said the Kiwanis board of directors chooses which organizations to donate to, based on requests they receive throughout the year.
Fred Teeter, CEO of the nonprofit Carroll Child Care Center, said donations like the ones the organization has received from the Kiwanis Club in the past usually provide tuition relief for families who are struggling to afford childcare. He said donations are also used for classroom needs, like books, toys and children's furniture.
Bertamini said the Rock Ball is a fun and unique fundraiser that brings the community together for a good cause.
"The entertainment is fabulous and I think that is what brings the people out," she said. "But I like the camaraderie, getting together all dressed up and just having a really good time all for charity."
Tickets to the Westminster Rock Ball are $100 per person, which includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner, an open bar, all of the entertainment and access to the silent auction, according to Bollinger.
The event will be held 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m., March 24 at Martin's Westminster.
For more information and to purchase tickets call Sandy Bertamini at 443-340-1077.