The Junior League of Houston hosted the Bon Temps Ball, their 68th Annual Charity Ball, on February 4-6, 2016 raising an impressive $904,053 to fund the Junior League’s Community Program and volunteer initiatives.
Each evening provided a unique twist on the sights and sounds of New Orleans, with Friday highlighting the “Downtown Blues” and Saturday featuring “Uptown Jazz.” New Orleans-themed bands were also highlighted along with musical and variety-style acts performed by talented Junior League members as part of a bluesy dinner theater.
Guests were greeted by a New Orleans horns section and were met at the door by a receiving line, including Charity Ball chairman, Amy Dunn, and President of The Junior League of Houston, Mary Margaret “Mimi” Foerster. The receiving line ended at a volunteer wearing a dress made of champagne glasses that doubled as a serving station.
During cocktail hour, guests had the chance to preview auction items, which included getaways to Costa Rica, Napa Valley, St. Thomas and a breathtaking 18k white gold and diamond disc pendant featuring 4.5 carats of diamonds on an 18kt white gold diamonds by-the-yard chain handcrafted by one of the Junior League’s Community Partners, Tenenbaum Jewelers.
Guests were treated to a seated dinner held in a tent that transformed the Junior League’s backyard into a place of Mardi Gras merriment. After dinner, guests headed to the Ballroom for the after party which featured an over-the-top Mardi Gras float and dueling pianos belting out song requests.
Since 1949, the Charity Ball has served as an opportunity to celebrate the pivotal partnerships that enable the Junior League to continue its mission of training volunteers to champion positive change in the Houston community each year. For every dollar received from its generous donors, the Junior League is able to triple its value by pairing it with trained volunteers. As a result, the Junior League will contribute more than $2 million in volunteer time and direct financial support to 38 community projects and volunteer initiatives in 2016.