The Literacy Center of Milford will host a masquerade ball to help raise funds in support of the center’s literacy programs.

Attendees are encouraged to wear masks as they dance the night away to the rhythmic sounds of Ruby and the Diamond Kings band at the Costa-Azzurra Restaurant, 72 Broadway in Milford, on Oct. 17, from 7 to 11 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person, which includes dinner and dancing, a live auction and raffle, a masquerade contest for best mask/best themed couple/single, and more.

Included in the program is a 20th anniversary celebration for The Literacy Center of Milford in meeting the literacy needs of hundreds of local adults and children in need of educational services. The ball is being sponsored by The Milford Bank.

“Come along for a magical night of dancing, good food, and entertainment — and expect the unexpected,” said LCoM’s Executive Director Tami Jackson.   “We want everyone to dress up nicely, maybe even a bit fancy or glamorous – and to wear a fun or fantastical mask.”

In its 20th year of making a difference in Milford, the non-profit, community-based literacy agency continues to grow since its formation in 1994.

Beginning this fall, the center has extended its geographic reach to include West Haven and Stratford.

Under the leadership of President Martin O’Neill, the center this year has expanded its curriculum of basic reading, writing and math to include computer education, and launched its Superstar child-and-parent-focused reading programs in collaboration with the West Shore Middle School.

In 2013, the center tutored over 100 students with 6,000 hours logged by its volunteer tutors – a record that it intends to exceed at the conclusion of 2014 and beyond, center officials said.

“Our Masquerade Ball promises to be an unforgettable experience, and culminates a banner year for LCoM and for our community,” said Jackson.  “We hope everyone can make it — and dress up and mask up for the deserving cause of literacy.”

Call 203-878-4800 to register.