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Carter chosen Junior League's Belle of the Ball
Belle of the Ball candidates, back row from left, Shannon Lightfoot, Gainesville Rotary Club; Haley Twiggs, Elks Lodge; Abbi Shoaf, Lanierland Civitan; front row, Katherine Smith, South Hall Rotary Club; Hartley Carter, Kiwanis Club of Gainesville; Kate Akerman, Gainesville Jaycees

2012 Belle Candidates and Sponsoring Clubs

Kate Ackerman, Gainesville Jaycees

Hartley Carter, Kiwanis Club

Shannon Lightfoot, Rotary Club of Gainesville

Abbi Shoaf, Lanierland Civitan

Katherine Smith, South Hall Rotary Club

Haley Twiggs, Elks Lodge

Hartley Carter, representing the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville, was crowned the 2012 Belle of the Ball Saturday night at the Gainesville-Hall County Junior League’s 61st annual Charity Ball.

Carter is a senior at Gainesville High School and daughter of Brad and Jennifer Puryear and Will and Deanna Carter. She is granddaughter of State Rep. Carl and Linda Rogers, and Jerry and Nelson Carter.

The 2012 Charity Ball serves as one of the Junior League’s major fundraisers.  The “Old Hollywood” themed evening featured music by the band Ascension, food and dancing and more. The annual event raises money for the Junior League, allowing the volunteer organization to support community agencies and projects.

This year six local civic groups sponsored belle candidates who were charged with raising money on behalf on the Junior League. As the highlight of the Charity Ball, the belle candidate who raises the most money is crowned Belle of the Ball.

For more information on Charity Ball or the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County visit or call 770-535-1951.