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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Swinging Ball

What do you get if you cross haggis, whiskey and Cuban cigars? Usually, plenty of bed rest.

But these three ingredients are just the beginning of what the St. Andrew Society has lined up for its annual Russian charity ball.

In addition to Scotch whiskey and cigars, the Nov. 27 event will feature pipers from the Royal School of Piping in Edinburgh, a ceilidh band flown in directly from the Scottish highlands and traditional Scottish dancing. "Despite the crisis, companies have gone over the top to help us," says Peter Hopkins, ball convener.

Guests will even get the opportunity to sample the infamous Scottish delicacy, haggis. "If people knew what was in it," says Hopkins of the dish comprised of sheep offal and oatmeal boiled in the animal's intestines, "they'd never eat it."

Proceeds from the ball go to the Tomilino Shelter for Children just outside of Moscow. The shelter houses 35 abused children and the St. Andrew Society intends to fund an expansion that will allow the accommodation of 100 more kids.

Organizers know, though, that last year's ball will be a hard act to follow. During the finale, delighted guests were given more than just a glimpse of what the organizers had under their kilts.

Playing on both the economic crisis and last year's revealing performance, the cheeky slogan for this year's event is: "We may have lost our shirts last year, but we still have our balls!"

The St. Andrew Society Ball will be held at the Meredien Country Club, Saturday, Nov. 27. Tickets are $140 each. For more information, call 232-1967 or visit the web site