Mill Valley Patch
By Phoebe Wall Howard
This year’s sold-out Storybook Ball ~ with a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” theme ~ raised more than $75,000 for programs benefiting teens and young children at the Mill Valley Library.
Some 400 people attended the May 19 celebration at the Mill Valley Community Center, which was transformed into a Wonka Factory with dancing, crafts, games, face painting and gourmet food and drinks. The Stark Ravens Historical Players performed skits from the book. Art Reactor provided Wonka Vision, where guests were “shrunk” to be on TV. A silent auction and raffle topped the day, and each child left with a copy of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a Wonka Bar complete with golden ticket, and a gigantic smile.
The annual children’s ball has become a signature fundraiser for the Mill Valley Library Foundation. Cherity Payne, Storybooks co-chair, said, “We were especially touched to dedicate this year’s ball to the memory of Walker Rezaian, the Old Mill kindergartener who died in 2011. It truly elevated the meaning of the ball for all of us. Not only were we supporting the library but honoring Walker, who loved going there.”
For more information on the ball, click here