ANDERSON — Downtown Anderson resembled prom on Saturday night, overflowing with women dressed in gowns, and tiaras fixed in up-dos.
The Paramount Theatre was brimming with formal fun for the third annual Legends Ball. The balll benefits Stripped Love, a local nonprofit organization that assists women survivors of commercial sex trade exploitation and human trafficking to transition out of the industry.
The theme, "Girl, Go Get Your Dream," mirrors what Stripped Love hopes to impart on the women they work with; to learn to dream again, Stripped Love co-founder Kimberly Majeski said.
"When you're trafficked, you forget your dreams," she said. "First, we teach that you are loved by God. Second, we teach you to remember your dreams. We've invited 300 women here tonight to be dream-makers."
The Legends Ball celebrates women who are local legends, she said. The event is the organization's biggest fundraiser, which will help connect survivors with resources.
Anderson City Councilwoman Jennifer Culp said she had been looking forward to the event for months.
"Nothing's better than getting all dressed up to go hang out with the girls," she said. "This is so much fun ... such a great time, and Stripped Love is so important for our city."
The event had a red carpet, photo booth, raffles, games and more, but Majeski said the best part is once the program is over.
"Once it's 9 p.m. and the program stops, 300 women hit the dance floor," she said. "It's awesome ... we're all having fun, and uninhibited. Just a bunch of girls having a blast."
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802 E. Fifth St., Anderson
Open Monday through Friday noon to 4 p.m.
Call 765-298-1712 or visit www.strippedlove.org for more information.