The Red And White Ball Benefits San Antonio’s Blood & Tissue Center Foundation 

By Danielle Kaplan
Photography by Greg Harrison

THE SCENE: Bustling downtown San Antonio was full of dapper gentlemen and women clad in gorgeous gowns. Guests arrived at the Marriott Rivercenter to celebrate The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation’s Red and White Ball, a night of bright lights and Old Hollywood glamour to raise funds for the Texas Cord Blood Bank.

THE VIBE: Upon arrival, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and received a chance to win several raffle packages including a Sommelier’s dream package featuring a 10-person wine dinner with 60 hand-selected bottles of wine, a combined stay-cation and Los Angeles getaway package, and a suite for 20 of your closest friends to enjoy a Spurs game. Guests then made their way into the ballroom, with tables beautifully decorated with large magenta and purple floral centerpieces, exquisitely adorned silver chargers and teal backed chairs. The ball’s co-chairs Laurie and Michael Kaplan, and Allison and Danny Kustoff, were introduced before the foundation’s chairman Karen Heintz awarded Mark and Lori Wright with the 2013 Chairman’s Award for their devotion and leadership to The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation. The festivities continued with a three-course dinner featuring beautifully prepared steak and red snapper, and music by the Rick Cavender Band, who kept guests dancing all night.

THE CAUSE: The Red and White Ball is held each year to raise awareness and raise funds with proceeds benefitting the Texas Cord Blood Bank to further the research and lifesaving treatment of innovative regenerative medicine. Cord blood is an alternative to bone marrow transplantation in treating a number of life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, lymphomas and sickle cell anemia. The night brought together fashionable San Antonians from all over the city, and proved to be a successful and fabulous evening for all.


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