The Health Alliance of Clinton County hosted its ninth annual Holiday Ball for charity at Roberts Centre Saturday evening, ushering in the holiday season.
Over 200 guests attended the beautifully decorated event enjoying a delicious meal, wonderful dancing to the band music by “All In”, and the opportunity to bid on a variety of gift items in the charity auction.
All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Cancer Patients Assistance Program that the HACC manages. This is very important for patients who are faced with a cancer diagnosis and need limited or emergency financial assistance in dealing with their challenges.
Jennifer Hollon and Ann Johnson have acted as co-chairs for the ball since its beginning in 2011, this year working with the Auction Committee chairs Patti Cook, Staci Close and Jennifer Spires. Many of the Alliance members contributed to the enormous task of decorating the large ballroom, transforming it into a wonderland of seasonal spirit!
Guests entering the ballroom were greeted by a large caribou nestled in a thicket of white branches with a mama bear and her cub alongside.
The hors d’oeuvres table was centered by a tall ice sculpture designed to mimic the ball invitations and flanked by decorative white urns filled with red poinsettias and branches designed by member Carolyn Matthews. Behind the registration table was a sleigh full of wrapped gifts being led by two sparkly reindeer with lighted snowmen and evergreen trees nearby.
The centerpiece of the ballroom was an elevated flocked tree that slowly rotated and was adorned with multi-colored balls. Surrounding the tree in a circle were eight lighted snowmen dressed in their finest festive outfits with light strands stretching from hand to hand. Natural boughs of greenery encircled the floor creating the effect of a wreath.
The round dining tables were topped with red satin cloths and centered with white lanterns, candles, and white fairy lights scattered throughout. Red and green plaid ribbons were woven through the sides and tied with bows. Chair covers were white with the accent of the red satin ties.
Each side of the ballroom was lined with silent auction items displayed in a festive fashion and centered by beautiful displays of tall white branches, evergreen trees, snowmen, and lots of twinkling lights. Live auction treasures took center stage on the dance floor and were removed as the evening progressed to reveal the band stand decked out with snowmen, natural greens, poinsettias, and evergreen trees.
Large designs of trees, snowmen, and caribou were projected on the side walls of the venue creating a truly beautiful atmosphere.
Kathy Havey, board president, welcomed all the guests and extended thanks to all who made the evening possible through their generous efforts. Pat King, chairman of the CPAP, spoke on the many who have benefited from the financial assistance, and the invocation was given by Frances Sharp.
Following dinner, the live auction was held with Danny Williams, Bill Wise and Rhonda Wise of Kersey Real Estate Auctions presenting the items, assisted by Renita Edwards. These people are invaluable to running the auction and making it a great success every year.
The Health Alliance wants to thank the many who attended the ball and to those who made donations and have shown continued support for this worthy cause. Special thanks goes out to the HACC membership, all of whom volunteer hours of work to the non-profit organization.