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Crystal Charity Ball 2012 Shows Bright Future for Kids

December 3rd, 2012 | by The Update
Crystal Charity Ball 2012 Theme - Grand Ball Paris
Crystal Charity Ball 2012

A boy receives an examination at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest. Crystal Charity gave a commitment of $548,619 to the foundation to acquire, finish out, equip and furnish a new 2,847 square-foot pediatric vision evaluation center.

Crystal Charity Ball 2012

Each year at this time, the stars above our city seem to shine a little more brightly, thanks to the great works of the ladies of Crystal Charity.

Now celebrating 60 years of supporting children in need in Dallas, the Crystal Charity organization has exceeded the 2012 goal of raising $4.4 million for seven deserving, nonprofit beneficiaries. All excess funds will be directed to the Horizon Project, which this year supports the new Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden opening in May at the Dallas Arboretum. In total the Crystal women have raised more than $105 million for children’s charities since its inception.

Robbie Briggs, CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty

Robbie Briggs, CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, donated many exciting trips and other items for the auction at the 2012 Crystal Charity Ball.

This year’s theme was “Grand Ball Paris.” Glittered guests attended the event on Saturday, December 1 in the Chantilly Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The famed Crystal Charity Ball will offer a giant “Merci” to the many supporters and volunteers who spend over 3,000 hours each year researching and visiting agency sites and vetting financial requests.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty added a dose of destination envy to the evening by donating exciting excursions for the silent auction—including trips to the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Atlantis Beach in the Bahamas, a stay at the Beaver Creek vacation home of former President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford and a weekend in New York City at the famed Carlyle Hotel. The company also donated a day of golf and more at the TPC Craig Ranch and a $1,000 gift card to St. Bernard Sports and a pair Go-Pro Goggles, perfect for black diamond runs and bunny slopes. “We are pleased to provide fantastic trips and auction items to the event,” said CEO Robbie Briggs. “It’s a privilege to be part of the great work of Crystal Charity.”

Crystal Charity Ball 2012 Theme - Grand Ball Paris

This year’s theme for the Crystal Charity Ball was “Grand Ball Paris.”

“It’s always a fun night when we get show our gratitude to our sponsors, supporters and volunteers,” said Michal Powell, underwriting chairwoman of the event. “But our focus is always on the beneficiaries and the children they impact. That’s what Crystal Charity is about.”

Some of this year’s beneficiaries include a Pediatric Vision Evaluation Center at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest where infants and children can be tested and treated for cataracts and other eye issues, allowing for healthy vision development.

Another beneficiary, the Jubilee Park & Community Center, will receive funding for its Children’s Education Initiative, wherein after school programs, tutoring, a conflict resolution program called “Young Mediators” and more are available at the Center and nearby O.M. Roberts Elementary School.

And funding for the Letot Girls’ Residential Treatment Center, will allow runaways and abused girls the opportunity to live in a safe environment while attending school and gaining valuable work and life skills that help with the transition into a productive adulthood.

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