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A costume ball to benefit Casa of the High Plains Inc. is set for Oct. 27 at the American Legion, 1305 Canterbury.

The inaugural Ghostly Gala starts at 7:30 p.m., with red carpet entrances and a cash bar. Costume contests, cocktails, hors d' ouveres and dancing will highlight the night's festivities.

Organized by CASA's fundraising committee made up of board members and community members, in conjunction with Fort Hays State University's Criminal Justice Club, planning for the event has been nearly as entertaining as the event is hoped to be, said CASA Director Darci Mills.

"They've had more fun putting it together than any fundraiser I've ever seen," Mills said.

Fundraising activities will go on throughout the evening, with a reverse raffle and a raffle for black diamond earrings donated by Diamond R Jewelers and gourmet cupcakes donated by Parties by Design.

"We have some fabulous prizes, along with costume contests," Mills said.

Ticket packages include:

* Bare Bones: $50 admission for one guest and one drink token.

* Blood Bank: $75 admission for one guest, one photo booth print and two drink tokens.

* Boiled Brains: $100 admission for one guest, one photo booth print, two drink tokens and VIP seating.

Groups of four can receive 5 percent off ticket charges, and groups of eight can receive a 10-percent discount.

Tickets can be ordered at event.pingg.com/GhostlyGala or by calling the CASA office at (785) 628-8641.

A Facebook event site is online at www.facebook.com/district23casa

CASA of the High Plains advocates for abused and neglected children in the 23rd Judicial District of the Kansas court system.