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Every year since 2007, the Laing House Masquerade Ball transports guests to exotic locales around the world. At this black-tie event, guests wear masquerade masks to encourage the fun and mystery throughout the night. The event, returning on October 21, includes a three-course dinner, auctions, live music, and dancing.
The masquerade ball is the signature fundraising event for Laing House, a leading community organization in Nova Scotia for youth living with mental illness. Laing House members are aged 16 to 29. We call our youth members because they become members of the Laing House community. Laing House offers one-on-one support with our community support workers, plus unique programs such as music therapy, meal programs (such as Lunch@Laing and Soup Group), healthy living, and education and employment. And through peer-support programs, members help each other. This is a crucial part of their journey to recovery.
At each masquerade ball, members of Laing House share their stories of living with mental illness through poetry, songs, or speeches. Guests can buy a ticket for a member to attend the ball.
Laing House is always looking for volunteers to serve on its board, host workshops, or help around the house on Barrington Street. Laing House also has satellite groups in Lower Sackville and Yarmouth, and plans to expand its reach around the province by 2020.