PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This Groundhog Day, the Inner Circle members wonâ€™t be the only ones dressed to the nines.
Years after a non-Groundhog Day related charity ball had run its course, the Inner Circle will host the first-ever Groundhog Ball, scheduled from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 â€” just days before Groundhog Day â€” at the Punxsutawney Country Club (See the accompanying box for more).
The evening will include hors dâ€™oeuvres, a cash bar, music by Rudy & The Professionals and, of course, an appearance by Punxsutawney Phil.
Inner Circle Vice-President Mike Johnston said the ball is not a fund-raiser, but something new to add to the schedule of Groundhog Day events.
â€śWe have given Katie (Bullers, Groundhog Day events coordinator) the carte blanche to come up with events around Groundhog Day, and sheâ€™s done a fabulous job,â€ť he said.
Teaming with Inner Circle members Ron Ploucha and A.J. Dereume, Bullers secured the band, and, â€śIt has come to fruition,â€ť Johnston said. â€śItâ€™s been amazing how well itâ€™s been received.â€ť
Rudy & The Professionals, a six-piece group from Cleveland, Ohio, specializes in a variety of musical styles, such as Motown, R&B, Caribbean/beach, oldies and Top 40.
The band has opened for acts such as Earth, Wind & Fire; Lee Greenwood; The Platters; and Kool & The Gang. It has also performed at venues such as Universal Studios and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Johnston said there have been other dances held around Groundhog Day in the past, but not like this one.
â€śThe charity ball was not tied to Groundhog Day, but it was the social event of the year,â€ť he said. â€śWe have not had a dressy affair for some time, and we thought this was a good year to start.â€ť
The Groundhog Club Inner Circle will host its first-ever formal Groundhog Ball from from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at the Punxsutawney Country Club.
There will be hors dâ€™oeuvres, a cash bar and music by Rudy & The Professionals.
Everyone is invited, but admission is limited to 200 pre-sold tickets. RSVPs are requested by Jan. 10, 2012.
Tickets are available from any Inner Circle member or by calling Katie Bullers, Groundhog Day events coordinator, at 938-7700, ext. 3; e-mailing email@example.com; or you can check out groundhog.org.