Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts, right, gives a speech on Friday during the annual San Juan County Mayors’ Ball at the Farmington Civic Center while
Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts, right, gives a speech on Friday during the annual San Juan County Mayors' Ball at the Farmington Civic Center while Aztec Mayor Sally Burbridge, left, and Bloomfield Mayor Scott Eckstein, center, stand behind him. The annual event has benefitted Big Brothers Big Sisters for the past three years. (Megan Farmer/The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON Community leaders came together Friday night at the Farmington Civic Center to show their support for Big Brothers Big Sisters during the annual San Juan County Mayors' Ball.

The ball started three years ago as a fundraiser for nonprofits in the county. The event includes dinner, dancing and an auction.

Since its inception, the money raised at the mayors' ball has gone to Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Juan County, a volunteer-based organization that pairs children, who are called "littles," with adult volunteers, known as "bigs." The "bigs" serve as mentors.

This is the last year the organization will receive proceeds from the ball.

"We're really proud to be the kick-off group," said Rick Wallace, the Big Brothers Big Sisters board president.

Aztec Mayor Sally Burbridge praised the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

"This is an important organization for our future, our community and our children," she said.

She said Big Brothers Big Sisters provides support for the young people who are the future leaders in the community.

Tommy Roberts, Farmington's mayor, announced Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico has been chosen as the beneficiaries of the 2015 and 2016 mayors' balls.

He commended Sexual Assault Services for their work in the past. The organization provides counseling and advocacy for assault survivors, as well as educational outreach.

"These people have assisted hundreds of people in San Juan County in the last ten years," Roberts said.

In addition to announcing the next two years' beneficiary, Roberts went off script to congratulate his fellow mayors on the recent elections. And he jokingly refuted the claims of corruption his opponent in the election brought against him.

Bloomfield Mayor Scott Eckstein said the mayors' ball has given him a chance both to work with the other two mayors and to get to know them better.

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