Red and White Ball Benefits Blood and Tissue Center Foundation

By Jake Gaines         Photography by Jonathan Alonzo

THE SCENE: The Blood and Tissue Center Foundation recently hosted an event at the Marriott Rivercenter called An Evening In Oz – There’s No Place Like Home. It began with a festive cocktail hour with a signature cocktail called the Ruby Red Slipper, with a silent auction, raffle, and dinner (which started off with a whimsical but delicious Witch’s Brew of champagne and brie soup en croûte), and live entertainment by Inside Out for the 640 attendees.

THE VIBE: The trees and floral décor was provided by Tropical Sensations Plantscaping and HEB to evoke a Kansas set that was created by The Public Theater of San Antonio. The bright paper flowers and “Poppy Wall” was created by SA Artista Designs, while RTC Floristy helped with the emerald décor as well. Emcee Erin Nichols officiated the program and announced the Chairman’s Award recipients: Rose Marie and Emerson “Buddy” Banack, members of the foundation board since 2009; and the Patron’s Award recipient, Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

THE CAUSE: The evening’s chairs were Meredith and David Alvarez and the organization’s foundation board chairs are Mary and Steve Brook. The event’s proceeds are directed toward the construction of a new applied regenerative medicine laboratory. The lab’s facilities will also support researchers trying to move lifesaving stem cell treatments from theory to medical practice. The ultimate goal will be for this lab to play a role partnering with the tremendous research, educational, and military organizations locally to make San Antonio a hub for regenerative medicine.