Charity Ball Association Hosts Annual Chrysanthemum Ball
By Ellie Leeper
Photography By Greg Harrison
THE SCENE: Society patrons had a ball this fall at the annual Charity Ball Association Gala, held at La Villita Assembly Hall in downtown San Antonio. The Chrysanthemum Ball is one of San Antonio’s grandest fundraising efforts that donates gifts to an extensive list of children’s charities in San Antonio and Bexar Country every year.
THE VIBE: The evening was nothing short of magical and vibrant. Ladies in their fabulous gowns floated throughout the function while other guests enjoyed their cocktails as they Cha-Cha’d to the Marimba beats of the Hot Sauce Trio. The dance floor was imprinted with a chrysanthemum that hung a hefty halo with over 4,000 flowers of lavender and bright pink chrysanthemums, creating a fully floral feeling to the night. It was an evening to remember until it is surpassed, once again, with next year’s gala.
THE CAUSE: The Charity Ball Association was founded as a purely female volunteer organization in 1954 and since then the organization has granted over $13 million to 236 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, as the organization currently remains entirely volunteer-based. Last year alone, The Charity Ball Association donated over $1.2 Million to dozens of charities in San Antonio and Bexar County with Jane Boddy as the 2013 Association President.