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’Tis the season for Dallas’ grand gala finale: Crystal Charity Ball

’Tis the season for Dallas’ grand gala finale: Crystal Charity Ball

Meredith Bebee, Katie Golden, Rebecca Whitaker
Meredith Bebee, Katie Golden, Rebecca Whitaker Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kenny Troutt, Lisa Troutt, Lisa Geider, John Geider
Kenny Troutt, Lisa Troutt, Lisa Geider, John Geider Photo by WJNPHOTO
Liz Thrash, Ryan Thrash, Neely Thrash, Trent Thrash
Liz Thrash, Ryan Thrash, Neely Thrash, Trent Thrash Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kimberly Ricks, Thomas Ricks
Kimberly Ricks, Thomas Ricks Photo by WJNPHOTO
Martha Hackbarth, Michelle Bishop
Martha Hackbarth, Michelle Bishop Photo by WJNPHOTO
Michelle Todesco, Lee Todesco
Michelle Todesco, Lee Todesco Photo by WJNPHOTO
Nicholas McCord, Mary Black, Robert Black
Nicholas McCord, Mary Black, Robert Black Photo by WJNPHOTO
Natalie Lesikar, John Lesikar
Natalie Lesikar, John Lesikar Photo by WJNPHOTO
Nick Even, Lynn McBee
Nick Even, Lynn McBee Photo by WJNPHOTO
Shelby Wagner, Niven Morgan
Shelby Wagner, Niven Morgan Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sierra Cooley, Bella B., Becky Bowen
Sierra Cooley, Bella B., Becky Bowen Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tim Heis, Ashley Heis
Tim Heis, Ashley Heis Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rea Foster, Ashley Chellgren
Rea Foster, Ashley Chellgren Photo by WJNPHOTO
Steve McKnight, Phyllis McKnight
Steve McKnight, Phyllis McKnight Photo by WJNPHOTO
Silent Auction item at Crystal Charity Ball 2016
All kinds of items, from handbags to jewelry to trips, were available at the silent auction. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Crystal Charity Ball 2016
The theme of the evening was To Everything There is a Season. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Aimee Schreiner, Alan Ives
Aimee Schreiner, Alan Ives Photo by WJNPHOTO
Blair Heartfield, Billie Leigh Rippey, Guy Heartfield
Blair Heartfield, Billie Leigh Rippey, Guy Heartfield Photo by WJNPHOTO
Chiara Singleton, Warren Wetzel, Marjone Henderson
Chiara Singleton, Warren Wetzel, Marjon Henderson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Eric Gambrell, Elizabeth Gambrell
Eric Gambrell, Elizabeth Gambrell  Photo by WJNPHOTO
Helen Giddings, Demond Fernandez, Angela Ross
Helen Giddings, Demond Fernandez, Angela Ross Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jenna Potts, Brennan Potts
Jenna Potts, Brennan Potts Photo by WJNPHOTO
Casino games at Crystal Charity Ball 2016
Guests enjoy the casino games at Crystal Charity Ball. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Meredith Bebee, Katie Golden, Rebecca Whitaker
Kenny Troutt, Lisa Troutt, Lisa Geider, John Geider
Liz Thrash, Ryan Thrash, Neely Thrash, Trent Thrash
Kimberly Ricks, Thomas Ricks
Martha Hackbarth, Michelle Bishop
Michelle Todesco, Lee Todesco
Nicholas McCord, Mary Black, Robert Black
Natalie Lesikar, John Lesikar
Nick Even, Lynn McBee
Shelby Wagner, Niven Morgan
Sierra Cooley, Bella B., Becky Bowen
Tim Heis, Ashley Heis
Rea Foster, Ashley Chellgren
Steve McKnight, Phyllis McKnight
Silent Auction item at Crystal Charity Ball 2016
Crystal Charity Ball 2016
Aimee Schreiner, Alan Ives
Blair Heartfield, Billie Leigh Rippey, Guy Heartfield
Chiara Singleton, Warren Wetzel, Marjone Henderson
Eric Gambrell, Elizabeth Gambrell
Helen Giddings, Demond Fernandez, Angela Ross
Jenna Potts, Brennan Potts
Casino games at Crystal Charity Ball 2016

On December 3, the biggest and grandest ball of the society season beckoned Dallas’ most philanthropic. The Crystal Charity Ball, held annually at the Hilton Anatole, is known for being an elaborate production, and this year’s affair was no different, with a theme of To Everything There is a Season.

Upon arrival, guests walked that famous red carpet (covered and heated, of course) before being ushered into what felt like a midsummer’s night dream, with a huge floral-encased television screen projecting the changing of seasons.

Between sipping bubbly and cocktails and noshing on assorted small bites, guests — including Nicholas McCord, Mary and Robert Black, Elizabeth and Eric Gambrell, Lisa and Kenny Trout, Lisa and John Geider, Kimberly and Thomas Ricks, Becky and Jim Lozier, Phyllis and Steve McKnight, Shelby Wagner, Niven Morgan, and Mary Beth and Kevin Conlon — perused the comprehensive silent auction. For those feeling lucky, there was also casino fun to be had, all in the name of charity.

Once it was time for dinner, the doors to the Chantilly Ballroom opened to reveal a magical winter wonderland draped with crystals, flowers, and candle-filled glass globes suspended from elaborate table arrangements. Throughout the dinner — which included Maine lobster salad and garlic-crusted filet of beef — an orchestra played an assortment of classical and big band tunes. As dinner wound down, a Motown band took the stage, drawing the guests onto what quickly became a packed dance floor.

Post-dinner, those who didn’t want to dance were free to resume the casino games and place last-minute bids on those must-have silent auction items. As the evening wound down, the scent of the sweetest of CCB traditions — fresh, hot beignets — began permeating air.

The Crystal Charity Ball Committee’s sole purpose is to aid, support, and make contributions to charitable organizations dedicated to the welfare of children located in Dallas County. It was established in 1952 and has raised more than $130 million with an active membership of 100 women.

This year’s beneficiaries include Community Partners of Dallas ($1,359,236), Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas ($976,000), Notre Dame School of Dallas ($676,020), and Parkland Foundation ($789,002), among others.