Attendees parade costumes, formal dress and semi-formal wear to the Ball

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Johnny Depp, of Pirates of the Caribbean fame, wasn't at the party bearing the popular movie title, but that didn't stop partygoers from having a good time. The Junior League of Lufkin pulled out all stops for their annual Charity Ball fundraiser.

The Pitser Garrison Civic Center was transformed into an exotic getaway during a time 350 years ago when pirates ruled the Caribbean.  It was the 33rd year for the Charity Ball, sponsored by the Junior League of Lufkin and the League's major fundraiser.

The Ball fell on Valentine's Day and for many guests was an opportunity to help a worthy cause and take their significant other on a date they would remember.

LC Rocks, billed as the most popular 80's band in Austin took center stage and kept patrons on the dance floor.  A wide array of Caribbean inspired food was served.  The menu included entrees like Swashbuckler pork loin chops with pineapple relish, Blow the Man Down Jerk chicken, Ahoy Matey mashed plantains with bacon and onions, Motherload curried rice, bacon and cabbage pilaf, and Buccaneer grilled mixed vegetables.

A silent auction was on display in the foyer of the civic center.  The night also featured the Grand Raffle.  Jessica Nester won the Ladies Oyster Perpetual Datejust .26mm Rolex watch, donated by Beard Fine Jewelers.  Mike Zimmerman won the Browning Medallion 275 WSM deer rifle, donated by Texas State Bank.  Courtney Shumway won the Nintendo Wii system, donated by Best Buy and Shalana Hyde won the $500 gas certificate and $300 grocery certificate, donated by Brookshire Brothers.

Organizers say they are still tabulating expenses and won't have a financial report for a couple of weeks.  Proceeds fund projects and community efforts of the Junior League of Lufkin including Boys and Girls Club, CASA, Mosaic Center and its LISD prevent blindness project.  Last year the Junior League raised $60,000.