Charity Ball Association Celebrates Million Dollar Fundraising
By Shannon Miller Turner Photography by Greg Harrison and Ansen Seale
THE SCENE: The Witte Museum was the picture-perfect setting for the 63rd annual Chrysanthemum Ball celebrating over one million dollars in grants given this year by The Charity Ball Association to 24 children’s charities in Bexar County.
THE VIBE: Charity Ball Association members, community patrons and prize donors at the invitation-only ball enjoyed the evening surrounded by the floral creations by Danny Cuellar and Alex Woehrle of Trinity Flowers. Musical entertainment by Blind Date set the stage for a night to remember and a bright future for the Charity Ball Association that, to date, has raised over $19 million dollars for over 200 local charities that serve the needs of the children of San Antonio. Artist George Venson, son of this year’s CBA Chairman of the Board, designed and painted the artwork for the 2017 Chrysanthemum Ball invitation, program, datebook and the video mapping for the Mays Center. Venson, a San Antonio native who now lives in New York City, founded his decorative design company, Voutsa, in 2014.
Delicious catering by Rosemary’s Catering included a meal enjoyed by each of over 560 guests. As the night began, guests enjoyed passed hor d’oeuvres, which included lobster cheesecake, popcorn soup, and foie sliders. Then, guests arrived to The Mays Family Center at The Witte Museum where a burrata and two tomato salad kicked off a multi-course meal including a center cut choice filet with Bourbon and horseradish au jus or caramel onion and potato latke with garlic roasted romanesco and Thumbelina carrots, followed by a delightful dessert of apple crumble warm spice cake with cream cheese frosting gelato with oak and dark chocolate streusel.
THE CAUSE: The 2017 Chairman of the Board is Helen Eversberg and the President of this year’s CBA is Betty Venson. The Charity Ball Association (CBA) is a non-profit organization that supports and enhances the quality of life for the children of Bexar County. For 63 years, volunteers have sought to meet the needs previously unmet for the overlooked underage citizens of the community. Many “bricks and mortar” projects have been funded by the CBA, providing nurturing environments with permanent value benefiting children in need.