Meet the Charity Ball Committee
The Board of Visitors 99th Annual Charity Ball will be held on
April 05, 2014 at the beautiful JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Reservation information will be available in January 2014.
The evening begins with a cocktail reception on the Sonoran Terrace where the Flower Girls in gorgeous white debutante gowns distribute boutonnieres. The presentation of the Flower Girls by their fathers follows on the Garden Terrace. At the conclusion of the presentation, the guests follow the Flower Girls and their fathers to the Ballroom, where the proud fathers waltz with their precious daughters. Dinner and dancing follow.
For our Flower Girl families and guests this magical evening is filled with memories to last a lifetime. The Board of Visitors Charity Balls have changed venues and menus over the years, but our Flower Girl tradition and goal of raising funds to support local healthcare needs remain.
The first St. Luke's Charity Ball was held in 1915 at the original Phoenix Women's Club. Guests arrived by horse and buggy and the members of The Board of Visitors provided a midnight snack. The early balls were family affairs with dancing, card playing, and a buffet dinner. In 1939, young women were invited to sell flowers at the event to raise additional money for St. Luke's Hospital, hence St. Luke's Flower Girls. In 1955, a new tradition was launched and the girls in white gowns were formally presented on the arms of their fathers at this special black - tie event.
Since 1908 The Board of Visitors has granted millions to serve the healthcare needs of the greater Phoenix community.