Oh yeah! Mardi Gras season is over and you can finally let your tux get a rest... or not! It's the Black Tie or Not Bal going down Saturday, March 10th and trust me, you don't have to wear black tie!!!

Black Tie... Or Not... Benefit Ball


February 10, 2012



SHREVEPORT, La. ---- The Rotaract Club, Accounting Club and the Corps of Leaders at LSU Shreveport are proud to announce the 5th annual “Black Tie… Or Not… Benefit Ball” to raise funds for the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission. The theme this year will will be entitled “Putting on the Ritz.”

Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino Ballroom will be the site of this year’s BTON Ball on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight. Ticket prices are $35 for students and military through March 1, and $40 from March 1 until March 12. Non-student ticket prices are $50 each through March 1, and $55 from March 1 to March 12. VIP tables for ten are $550. In addition to a ticket, attendees should bring at least one pound of loose change to feed the “Change Monster.”

Entertainment at this year’s BTON Ball will be provided by the Bossier Parish Community College Jazz Band and Joey V and the Vindicators. There will be a gourmet buffet dinner, dancing, door prizes, a silent auction, raffles, and several contests. For details and online tickets visit www.blacktieornotball.com.

The reverse raffle, better known as the “Ginormous Caddywompus Raffle”, is back for 2012! Caddy tickets, $10 each, are drawn from the hopper one-by-one until the very last one wins the Grand Prize, half the total of all tickets sold.

Also back this year is the “Belle” and “Bubba” of the Black Tie Or Not Ball contests. Anyone can be nominated and everyone at the Ball votes for their favorite “Belle” or “Bubba.” Each vote costs $1 and the male and female with the most votes wins.

In 2011, the 4th annual Black Tie Or Not Ball raised $10,000. “That’s a very impressive feat for a bunch of big-hearted college students,” said Wayne Hogue, advisor of the Rotaract Club and LEAD Corps.

The BTON Ball is an “edu-fundraiser” financially benefitting the Rescue Mission while educationally benefitting the students. The event is also an opportunity for students to learn socializing and networking skills while giving back to the community. This community service charitable fundraiser is an LSU Shreveport student initiated project, founded and organized by the Rotaract Club, managed and hosted by Rotaract, the Accounting Club, and LEAD Corps at LSU Shreveport.

For details and online tickets visit www.blacktieornotball.com. Or call Hannah Mitchell at 318-469-3751. To make donations in care of the Rotaract Club at LSUS, call Julie Searing at 318-464-5023.

Black Tie… Or Not… Ball

Theme: Putting on the Ritz

Time: 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012

Place: Sam’s Town Casino Ballroom

Tickets: All ticket holders bring 1 lb. of loose change to the Ball

$35 Students / Military through March 1st and

$40 March 1st until the Ball

$50 Non-Students

$550 VIP tables for 10

Website: www.blacktieornotball.comto purchase tickets

Media Inquiries Contact:

Tiffany Sandifer, Black Tie… Or Not… Ball – Director of Communications


(318) 347-7556

Chris Demirdjian, Black Tie..Or Not… Ball – Director of Communications


(318) 400-0953

Wayne Hogue, Rotaract Advisor


(318) 797-5276


Rotaract is an international organization of service clubs for men and women that fosters leadership and responsible citizenship, encourages high ethical standards in business and promotes international understanding and peace. Rotaract Clubs work under the guidance of their local Rotary Club, and take their name from a combination of the words Rotary and action.

The purpose of Rotaract is to provide an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.