Charity Ball Association Holds Annual Gala
By Ellie Leeper
Photography By Greg Harrison
Patrons had a ball this fall in San Antonio at the annual Charity Ball Association Gala. The Chrysanthemum Ball is one of San Antonio’s strongest fundraising efforts that raises proceeds for a laundry list of children’s charities in San Antonio and Bexar Country. The Charity Ball Association was founded as a female volunteer organization in 1954 and since then the organization has granted over $12 million to children’s charities in San Antonio and Bexar County. Unique to the Charity Ball Association, one hundred percent of the proceeds from the organization’s fundraising efforts are donated and the organization currently remains entirely volunteer-based. This year alone the association donated over $900,000 to 29 charities in the area.
This year’s Chrysanthemum Ball was held at the Villita Assembly Hall in downtown San Antonio with several local philanthropic families aiding in funding the association’s efforts this year, including: the Cavender family, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kelso, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Watson, Mr. and Mrs. John Nau, Mr. and Mrs. Lowry Mays and Mr. and Mrs. Rod Lewis, who were the chief sponsors.
The evening was nothing short of magical and vibrant. Tables were draped in poppy silk shantung with centerpieces of clear glass cylinders filled with golden orchids and leis, and were topped with bowls overflowing with roses, orchids, dalais and silver-leafed eucalyptus. Patrons danced the night away to the music of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on the floor that was imprinted with a chrysanthemum that hung a hefty halo with over 4,000 flowers of lavender and bright pink chrysanthemums, in keeping with the theme.
Organizations in San Antonio and Bexar County that received funds from The Charity Ball Association in 2011 were Any Baby Can, Autism Community Network, Avance San Antonio, Boysville, Catholic Charities, The Children’s Shelter, Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation, Clarity Child Guidance Center, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, Healthy Futures of Texas, House of Neighborly Service, Junior Achievement of South Texas, Literacy San Antonio, National Center for Behavioral Health Solutions, New Creation Community Development, Project Mend, Respite Care of San Antonio, SA Youth, SAMMinistries, San Antonio Children’s Museum, San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, San Antonio Education Partnership, San Antonio Family Endeavors, San Antonio Sports, St. Leo the Great Catholic School, St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home, United Communities of San Antonio, UTSA-Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio.