The Shepherdstown Rotary Club’s annual Christmas Charity Ball, held Dec. 2 at the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department Hall, raised a total of $22,030 for 17 local nonprofit organizations.
The event was entitled “Our Ball, Your Charity.”
Each year, individual Rotarians help underwrite it by sponsoring tables and contributing funds toward the costs of food, beverages, music and decorations. Sponsoring organizations cover the rest of those costs.
All of the proceeds from the sale of tickets to each table are then donated to charities selected by the table’s host.
Each table is also given the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, and all the auction proceeds go to the designated charities as well.
The nonprofit organizations that benefited from the Dec. 2 event were as follows: Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, Alzheimer’s Association, Animal Welfare Society, The Arts Centre, CASA of the Eastern Panhandle, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Friends of Music, Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle, Historic Shepherdstown, Potomac Valley Audubon Society, Preservation Alliance, Shepherdstown Daycare, Shepherdstown Public Library, Shepherdstown Rotary Foundation, Susan Welford Smith Scholarship Fund, and the Water for Haiti Project.
The lead sponsor of the event was Chef Miriam/Signature Event Caterers. Hoxton Financial and Shepherd University were also major sponsors. Other sponsors were Jefferson Security Bank, Flurie, Slick & Kinnett, CPAs, Swallowtail Consulting, and Everything Linens.