Every year, the Policeman’s Ball serves to help victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and the families of first responders going through hardships.

The 13th annual Policeman’s Ball is tonight, October 4, at the Pinecrest Event Center in Idaho Falls and works in partnership with the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center in Idaho Falls and local Fraternal Order of Police Officer Memorial Assistance Funds.

The ball runs from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. this evening and Teena McBride, the executive director of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center, said it’s a great evening for all involved.

Part of the raised money “goes to assist law enforcement families that have had maybe medical needs or some other type of need that has arisen possibly related to being a law enforcement officer,” McBride said.

In addition, funds from donations, raffles, an auction, and the price of admission also go toward helping the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center.

The DVSAC offers a variety of services aimed at helping those affected by domestic abuse and assault. Those resources include a shelter, support groups, court and community advocacy, and education.

“We provide services to victims who have been impacted by violent crime,” McBride said.

The event gets started with a social hour when doors open at 6 p.m. A program starting at 7 p.m. includes a presentation of colors by law enforcement honor guard, a moment of silence for officers killed in the line of duty, and a special presentation done by the Idaho Falls chief of police recognizing law enforcement spouses.

Following the program and dinner, there will be a homemade dessert auction, live music provided by MoJo the Party Band and raffles.

“I think something that makes [the night] successful is that we try to make sure people have a good time,” McBride said in regards to why the program has been successful for many years. “Our intent during this event and during this evening is not to create a heavy atmosphere, but a fun atmosphere.”