62nd Annual Chrysanthemum Ball Supports The Charity Ball Association
By Jake Gaines
Photography by Greg Harrison and JB Lyde of Parish Photography
THE SCENE: Guests of the glorious 62nd annual Chrysanthemum Ball found themselves immersed in a Trinity Flowers peacock-embellished wonderland designed by Danny Cuellar, Danesa Cuellar and Alex Woehrle as they made their way through the Witte Museum Mays Family Center. The cocktail hour launched the energy of an evening to remember. Under a beautiful autumn sky the elegant ball patrons enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres as they mixed and mingled in preparation for the night ahead as they were greeted by a twelve-foot-tall peacock made of a mix of white hydrangea amongst white phalaenopsis and dendrobium orchids.
THE VIBE: As the chimes signaled the beginning of the dinner hour, guests were led to the meal served under a canopy of white paper lanterns interspersed with white orchid leis suspended from the ceiling. The beautifully dressed tables were accented with towering floral arrangements consisted of an array of Green and white spider chrysanthemums, Bella Donna Dephiniums, Vendela Roses in lavender and white, green Hypericum berries, white Hawaiian orchids, Curly Willow Tips… with Italian Ruscus cascading down the centerpiece creations. They sat in These were all in mossed containers sitting atop a white paper birch column of a mossy base with the white Spider Chrysanthemums repeated on the base. The place settings which were offset by napkins in the same mossy green hue as the table coverings.
THE CAUSE: The 2016 Chrysanthemum Ball celebrated this year’s total grants of over one million dollars to 22 children’s charities in Bexar County. The Charity Ball Association of San Antonio, Inc. is a non-profit organization that passionately embraces its mission to support and enhance the quality of life for the children of Bexar County. Sixty-two years ago, a group of visionary, caring & compassionate San Antonio women with a heart for volunteerism recognized that many of the basic needs of the community’s children were not being met. It was difficult then, as now, for local children’s agencies and services to find money for “bricks and mortar” projects that would create nurturing environments with permanent value benefitting the minds, bodies, and spirits of children in need. The “Community Chest” (today’s United Way) primarily funded programs rather than structural needs such as roofs, examining rooms and playgrounds. In order to support what other groups did not fund, these San Antonio women organized the very first Chrysanthemum Ball to benefit Sunshine Cottage and Boysville. Since then, the fundraising efforts of the Charity Ball Association have provided a grand total of over eighteen million dollars ($18,000,000.00) given to over 200 local programs and agencies that serve the needs of children in our community.