AMERICAN FORK — According to Christian lore, particularly outside the United States, the three wise men arrived to pay homage to the Christ child on the 12th day after Christmas.

At least that's the day that is celebrated in many Christian countries, said Olivia Voltaw, who is planning the annual 12th Night fund-raising ball from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Apollo, 50 E. 50 North. The sponsor is the Chris Jones Group, loan officers at Aspen Home Loans.

"We do this every year," Voltaw said.

This year the fund-raiser is for A Child's Hope Foundation in Orem, which works with children in Haiti and other Third-World countries to get them ready for adoption. It's also the first year Voltaw was handed planning duties. The fund-raising goal is $10,000. All proceeds go to the foundation.

As part of the decorations, "A Child's Hope" will hang pictures and posters of its work in Haiti, she Voltaw said.

Among the fund-raising activities is an auction, with items and services donated by local merchants and businesses, and candy machines that for a quarter will yield either a booby prize or a prize worth much more than the quarter, Voltaw said.

A 17-piece band, the Music Makers, will perform for folks to dance and for a few bucks, to become the lead singer, karaoke style, she said.

Dress is semiformal, but suits, tuxedos and formal dress is welcome. Children 12 and older are welcome, but children adopted from Haiti may come no matter their age, she added.

Admission is free.


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