For ABS-CBN, celebrating 65 years of being in the service of the Filipino means remaining committed to help those in need. That is why when it brings back the ABS-CBN Ball on September 14 at Shangri-La The Fort, it will continue what it started last year — to bring hope to underprivileged children, this time through the Bantay Bata 163 Bantay Edukasyon program.

The ball will give the stars and other attendees the chance to provide children the tool to reach their dreams.

With the program, the children’s basic needs to help them have a normal education—from complete tuition assistance to meal and transportation allowances, school supplies and other fees—will be covered.

This year’s ABS-CBN Ball essentially continues what it started last year, which helped successfully reopen the Bantay Bata Children’s Village and gave a group of underprivileged children a new home.

The ball will also honor the late ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc. and Bantay Bata 163 founder Gina Lopez or GL, who passed away on August 19. Under GL, Bantay Bata 163 rescued thousands of children from physical and sexual abuse and eventually provided what she considered her greatest achievement for the program — Children’s Village in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

Last year’s ABS-CBN Ball gathered a total of P5 million, which was used for the construction and rehabilitation of the structures of the village, CCTV training for social workers, and the installation of a call and paging system, library and multimedia room.