Blessing House started in 2005 as a support for families in crisis before entering the child welfare system. The residential crisis center serves children from newborn to age 12 as a temporary, safe place to stay while guardians get the help they need and stabilize.

This year marks the 19th anniversary of the Rock-A-Bye Ball, and Blessing House has signed more than 1,800 children into its home for care. “We become part of that extended family for children,” says Donna Humphrey, finance/development director, who co-founded Blessing House with Sister Mary Berigan.

The annual fundraiser at Tom’s Country Place in Avon hosts about 300 guests for a silent auction with about 125 items to bid on, ranging in value from $50 to $3,000 and including entertainment, experiences, home goods and sporting event tickets. (You can bid at the event or from home.)

The event includes dinner and entertainment. Plan to dress for the theme — most everyone does. This year: Northern Lights & Cozy Nights.

“People ask, ‘What can we do, how can we get involved?’ and it’s uplifting to be surrounded by people who really want to help our children,” Humphrey says.

Mark your calendar for November 11, 6 to 11 p.m.

Blessing House Rock-A-Bye Ball,