The St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco came alive recently for the 55th annual Winter Ball, where 15 young ladies from Alameda, Contra Costa and Marin counties were celebrated and honored. The memorable and magical evening took place in the Grand Ballroom, where these accomplished young ladies took their bow with presenters and escorts by their side.
Shand Green, this year's Winter Ball chair, addressed the guests: "We are grateful for our community support and the support of these young women's family and friends. Thank you for being with us tonight to celebrate and honor these fine young ladies. It has been an honor for me to serve as chair for this wonderful tradition for the benefit of the community and Children's Hospital Oakland and for the lovely accomplished young ladies who are our 2012 debutantes."
The ballroom was elegantly dressed with shimmery silver table linens, accented effectively by centerpieces of red blooms. The room came alive to the music of Dick Bright's orchestra with the ladies, family members, friends and guests dancing well into the early morning hours. It was a night to be fondly remembered by all.
It was a special year, as it marked Children's Hospital Oakland's 100th anniversary. Dr. Bert Lubin addressed the guests and remarked on the great accomplishments of the hospital over the past century, thanking families and guests for their continued support of a worthy institution. Children's Hospital Oakland provides more care to charity and MediCal recipients than any other California children's hospital. In the spirit of giving and a lifetime commitment to philanthropy, it is a goal to introduce the talented young ladies each year to the mission of Children's Hospital Oakland.
Kate Faust, president of the Hill Branch organization, noted: "The Winter Ball is a terrific way for families, their daughters and their escorts to come together to support a great cause. This year was no exception."
Hill Branch, founded in 1914, has been committed to raising funds for children's care, pediatric research and teaching at Children's Hospital Oakland. Through the success of the Winter Ball, an annual event since 1958, Hill Branch has proudly donated over $4.7 million to the hospital. Hill Branch is proud that the work and compassion demonstrated by supporters of Winter Ball assist Children's Hospital Oakland to sustain its mission to turn no child away due to a lack of financial resources.
-- Sarah Abel