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The new year will get off to a rousing start with two excellent fundraisers the first full weekend of 2012. On Saturday, Jan. 7, the Junior League of Victoria will hold its 52nd annual Charity Ball. So put on your dancing shoes and join members and their guests from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Victoria Country Club. For tickets call 361-573-4508 and leave a message. The following day, another long-time event, the 22nd annual Pilot Club of Victoria Bridal Showcase kicks off at noon at the Victoria Community Center. As a newly engaged person myself, I am particularly interested in checking out the nearly 70 vendors all under one roof. It's one stop shopping, or at least looking, at its best. Admission is only $5 at the door. The Pilot Club's main focus is Project Lifesaver, an excellent program to keep track of folks who wander off due to medical conditions or aging issues. So, get your giving off to a good start in the new year and attend one, or both, of these worthwhile events.