CALIPATRIA — The Calipatria Chamber of Commerce hosted their first annual Black and White Ball at the Vanash Event Hall in Calipatria on Saturday, October 5. As the first fundraiser hosted by the newly reinstituted chamber, all funds from the event were allocated for future projects and events for the local community.
Chamber Vice President Sylvia Chavez said the event was very successful, with all but five of their tickets sold. She claimed many guests stayed to the very end of the event and shared words of encouragement with chamber members.
“It was such a fun event. It’s not every day that you get to dress up like this. So many people came up to us to tell us how much fun they had and that they couldn’t wait for next year’s ball. We’ve received nothing but positive feedback from our community,” said Chavez.
Guests received a tri-tip dinner for two with their ticket. Ball-goers were encouraged to participate in a raffle where the first place prize was $1,000. Guests enjoyed dinner, mingling, and live music from The Continentals.
“Every cent that was raised in this event is going back into the community ... to help with our Christmas in the Dark event in December,” said Chavez.
According to Chavez, Calipatria hasn’t seen a community event in many years. Calipatrians had to travel to nearby cities to experience events. She explained the chamber’s desire to bring farmers' markets to the once-forgotten city.
Efforts from IID Northend County Supervisor Ryan Kelley are being made to supply water to the park in Calipatria. Chavez explained the chamber’s intentions of using the park for future events, such as an art festival.
“This year, we’re really focusing on establishing a community building. We’ve reestablished the chamber, and now we have to build our community through different events. After that, we can focus on business growth and bringing new businesses to our town,” said Chavez. “Getting new businesses changes the morale and the attitude of the community.”
Chavez elaborated on the efforts of reigniting the Calipatria Chamber of Commerce, saying that it wasn’t difficult to find like-minded individuals that wanted to make the community a better place.
“The people that came together to form the board have a common goal and a common mission. Our mission is to build a community,” said Chavez.