Thank You: 2016 Justice For All Ball

It's over for 2016 and we had lots of fun!!

A special Thank You to our Honorary Co-Chairs Gary Solomon, Jr. and Seth Bloom, Esq. for their efforts in making the 2016 JFAB a big success.

To all our Spotlight Sponsors, Benefactors, Patrons, Sponsors and all those who purchased Ball and raffle tickets, bid at the live and silent auction or made financial contributions - your generous support is greatly appreciated.

Congratulations and applause to JFAB Committee Chair Jan Hayden, and Vice-Chair Dana Douglas, and the many sub-committee chairs and committee members and other volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the year and during the Ball.

Our thanks also to all of the local restaurants, caterers and bars who contributed their culinary and mixology talents to the evening, as well as to the staff of the Audubon Tea Room, who coordinated with everyone.

To the many businesses throughout the metro area who provided a raffle or auction prize, ad space or other product or service - your donation helped make the evening fun for all! And, of course, to 501 Auctions for making it easy for everyone to get in on the bidding during the live and silent auction.

To auctioneer John Calhoun, Flow Tribe and the NOCCA Student Jazz Quartet - thank you for entertaining everyone from beginning to end!

Finally, a huge thanks to Solomon Group for bringing their high tech/high touch creativity and production to overall event from the invitation design to the environs of the Patron Party and Audubon Tea Room.

The JFAB takes a village to produce every year and we couldn't do it without the many individuals and businesses who work with us on this event. We've named only a few here - our gratitude extends to everyone in this large 'JFAB family' who helps to make the Ball fun for party-goers and a success for us. Thank you for your continued support!!!

If you missed this year's event - you can see some highlights on our Facebook page or the JFAB 2016 page. RAFFLE and AUCTION winners are up.

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