Downtown Ennis will be invaded by pirates this weekend but don't be frightened; the group that will gather at La Galleria on Saturday night have a non-traditional purpose.

Instead of the gathering and looting that took place on the high seas, this group will be focused on more “enlightening” experience.

The evening, which is a costumed fund-raiser complete with a live auction and entertainment, including a five-piece band with two vocalists, is a campaign for the Lights of Ennis group to help defray the cost of having the historic downtown area lit up with Christmas lights during the holiday season.

"This year is shaping up to be the best yet. I have been told that picking out costumes for this event has been quite entertaining and most people are getting into the spirit of things. I believe that picking the best costume to be the overall winner will be quite a challenge," said Harriett Adams, Lights of Ennis coordinator.

Along with swash buckling costumes and surprise entertainment, former NBC 5 sportscaster Scott Murray will be serving as master of ceremonies and auctioneer for the live auction.

"We are very excited to have Scott join us this year. His involvement in charity work is legendary and we are very fortunate to have him with us this for the evening. He will take the place of our regular auctioneer, Craig Meirs, who had a previous commitment. Craig has been outstanding in his efforts on our behalf and we will miss not having him attend this year," Adams said.

The event will also feature a silent auction with items that have been donated by various local businesses.

"We have had a great response from people with their donations. They have been very creative and generous with their selections and I think there will be something for everyone," Adams said.

Due to time constraints and in the interest of entertainment, the live auction will be limited and will include:

1. A wine tasting for 20 people at the historic Raphael House. This will be led by Richard Adams, wine expert and a five-year member of the board of directors for Beringer Wine Estates.

2. A Dallas Cowboy football helmet signed by Hall of Fame players Roger Staubach (1985) and Troy Aikman (2006).

3. A fish fry for 50 people by chef Mike Riley of Riley Industrial Services as well as former police chief, Dale Holt.

4. A framed collage of signed photos featuring four legendary Cowboy players, including: Bob Lilly, Mike Renfro, Chuck Howley and Leroy Jordan.

5. Two spotted live donkeys from Little Lake Cattle Company and Donkey Farm.

6. A holiday decorating package featuring Nancy Swindell of Apple Annie’s and Carol Rejcek of Garden Gate Floral and Gifts. The ladies will come any location and use the bidders decorations to transform their home or office for the holidays.

7. A spooky Halloween party for 10 brave boys at the historic Raphael House, which has been featured in The Book of American Ghosts as having three ghosts. The evening includes old fashioned fun; dunking for apples, ghost stories as well as trips to the attic and basement. Don't worry, Raymond, Julia and Ernest are friendly party ghosts and are looking forward to the evening.

8. An multi-course dinner complete with wine and conversation for six lucky persons by local chefs John Mah and Jess Haupt.

û9. A purple TCU helmet signed “LT 5", the well-know signature of none other than LaDamien Tomlinson, the current leading rusher in the NFL.

10. A tea party for 10 princesses by the Ennis Heritage Society includes a delightful menu, princess party games, princess party mementos and will be hosted at one of Ennis’ lovely historic homes.

11. “ A Smart Girls’ Guide to Life” series enjoyed during five soirees, hosted at the Raphael House by Harriett Adams, for eight girls, ages 11-15. Once a month for 5 months the girls will meet, eat and discuss one of the following books: “A Smart Girl’s Guide to Friendship Troubles,” “A Smart Girl’s Guide to Boys,” “A Smart Girl’s Guide to Sticky Situations,” “A Smart Girl’s Guide to Manners and A Smart Girl’s Guide to Money.”

12. A beautifully framed and autographed photograph of legendary Dallas Cowboy, Bob Lilly with plaque.

There will be numerous silent auction items to bid on as well.

For tickets and more information, contact (972) 878-2400.

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