Junior League Charity Ball
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
Where: Chattahoochee Country Club
How much: $75 per person, $125 per couple
More info: 770-535-1951, www.gainesvillehalljuniorleague.org
After 61 years, the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County’s annual Charity Ball continues to make an impact on the community through local agencies around the holiday season.
The Charity Ball, which began in 1951 when the Junior League was founded, is the organization’s largest fundraiser to help supply its annual grant process for local organizations that help families in need.
This year’s ball will take place 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Drive in Gainesville.
Katie Dubnik, co-chair of this year’s Charity Ball, explained that local agencies apply for the Junior League grants each year for specifically identified projects which meet the Junior League’s funding criteria. A portion of the money is also reserved for internal funding of the Junior League and the specific initiatives that the League has identified during its Strengthening Our Families initiative, as well as a signature grant program.
“Not only is it a long-standing holiday tradition, but it allows the Junior League to carry out its vision of making Northeast Georgia a better place for children and families,” said Dubnik.
Each year, several rising junior and senior high school girls are chosen to be Belle of the Ball candidates by community civic organizations. The girls work on raising as much money as they can from Oct. 1 up to the night of the event. In turn, the Junior League uses the funds to help the “programs and agencies who make Gainesville-Hall County a better place for women and children.”
The candidate who raises the most money will be crowned Belle of the Ball by last year’s winning belle, Molly Gay.
“The crowning of the Belle of the Ball is the highlight of the event,” said Elizabeth Latta, a co-chairwoman for this year’s ball. “Miss Gay did an incredible job last year in her fundraising efforts and has been a great role model for this year’s belle candidates.”
The club that represents the Belle of the Ball is presented a check for a percentage of the total raised. The other sponsoring clubs receive a $500 check in recognition of their participation at the February Junior League general membership meeting, according to Dubnik.
Dress code will be black tie with an old Hollywood theme.
Tickets are $75 individually or $125 per couple and should be bought through the Junior League office at 770-535-1951. Purchases may go to support any belle candidate. Supporters may also donate to candidates online at www.gainesvillehalljuniorleague.org or by calling the Junior League office.