Masquerade ball helps people with disabilities

By KBJR News 1

February 27, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A masquerade ball held in downtown Duluth Thursday night is going a long way to help people with disabilities.

The event was put on by CHOICE Unlimited; a non-profit based organization in Duluth that helps people with disabilities find and maintain employment.

However, the arts program within CHOICE doesn't receive traditional funding, and fundraisers like these help to keep the program thriving.

"It's wonderful because it's getting the community together. It's promoting our arts program. It's really tying in the whole creative aspect of a masquerade ball. It's close to mardi gras, we thought it would be a great time of year. Plus it's been an extremely long winter for all of us and I think people are just ready to have some fun," said Kristie Buchman, executive director of CHOICE.

The CHOICE arts program includes acting and dance classes, as well as creative writing and visual arts classes.