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HOLIDAY ­— After a couple years of inactivity, a nonprofit group in Pasco and Hernando counties is back with fervor and selling tickets to its inaugural Yule Ball celebration.

Phoenix Community Projects started in 2004 as a pagan community seeking the friendship of like-minded people. Over the years, it grew into something bigger, an organization dedicated to tolerance of all religious paths and to community service. The group went dormant in 2010 but is now back with new members.

“We want to have the start-up funds so we can have an impact on the community,” said Amanda Osborne, president of Phoenix Community Projects. “We want to help people in difficult situations, whether it’s buying them a gas card to get to work or the doctor or taking them to the grocery store for food.”

To help raise money, and give folks in Pasco a fun outlet during the holidays, Osborne and other Phoenix Community members are holding the “Nature Rekindled by Fire: Yule Ball.” Part of the proceeds will go into a fund to help cover the overhead for next year’s ball and the rest will go into a community fund for service projects.

Osborne said patrons of the Yule Ball can expect to learn and take part in traditional ballroom dancing, as well as a lavish ham and turkey dinner, 50/50 prize drawing, a live DJ, performances by “Mama Gina” and costume contest. The theme is “Nature Rekindled By Flame,” a reference to the mythical Phoenix.

Phoenix has 191 members but welcomes to public to buy tickets to ball. The first 100 ticket purchasers will receive a wine glass engraved with a snowflake and the event name.

The Yule Ball will be held on Dec. 16 at the Polish American Pulaski Association, 4616 Darlington Road, Holiday.

Tickets are $40 per individual and $60 per couple, which includes dinner.// Tickets can be purchased through www.phoenixcommunityprojects.org/yuleball.html or by calling (727) 2671664. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 6.

Other 2013 fundraisers helped pay for the cost of the rental hall, catering and more so that ticket sales can go towards charity. The last fundraiser before the ball will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, in Pavilion B at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park.

The Psychic Fair and Bake Sale will feature tarot and aura readers, healers, spiritual advisors and mediums and homemade baked goods for sale.

The group has volunteered to paint doors and pincic tables at the park in the past, as well as direct traffic for events. They consider it their duty to give back, especially since they use the park for various meetings and events.

Although many of the groups members are board members affiliate with various pagan religions, there are also Christian members, like Tina Scott.

“We started out pagan and as more people have joined and we have made friends, it has become more diverse,” Scott said. “Our group activities are based on community and not religion. No matter who joins, we still have the same goal- to help people.”

For more information about Phoenix Community Projects, visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Phoenix-Community-Projects/112368238786471.

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