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52nd Annual Junior League Charity Ball Saturday

By Sonny Long
Jan. 3, 2012 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 2, 2012 at 7:03 p.m.

Members of the Junior League of Victoria Charity Ball 2012 committee are all dressed up with somewhere to go. Committee members include, from the left, Robin Janecka, J. Lynn Bauknight, Sara Hounshell, chair, Dodie Murphy, co-chair, Amy Henry and Kayla Koenig. Penni Gietz, not pictured, is the sustaining advisor. The 52nd annual event is Saturday at the Victoria Country Club.

IF YOU GO

WHO: Junior League of VictoriaWHAT: 52nd annual Charity BallWHEN: 7 p.m., SaturdayWHERE: Victoria County Club, 14 Spring Creek Road COST: $150 per person, call 361-573-4508 and leave a message.

JUNIOR LEAGUE'S LATEST PROJECT

In August, the Junior League of Victoria unveiled Project Esperanza that provides deserving young women with one-on-one mentoring and life skills lessons (for example, applying for college and/or jobs, money management, communication, personal health) over the course of their junior or senior year of high school. In keeping with the League's Project Cinderella, each student also receives a complete prom package in the spring as a reward for her success.

A trip down memory lane is in store for party goers Saturday night as the Junior League of Victoria hosts its 52nd annual Charity Ball.

The ball's theme, "A League of Our Own," celebrates the efforts of the hundreds of women who through the years have contributed to the Junior League's growth and success, said Sara Hounshell, charity ball chairwoman.

The local Junior League, headquartered in the historic O'Connor-Proctor Building at 202 N. Main St., was founded in 1937. It became affiliated with the Association of Junior Leagues International in 1983.

Its mission is to promote voluntarism and improve the potential of women through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

The Junior League's history will be illustrated in the main dining room as each table will be decorated with a different Charity Ball theme from years past.

The winning tablescape will be awarded the "Golden Glue Gun," handcrafted by Charity Ball co-chairwoman Dodie Murphy, said Hounshell.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a cocktail hour featuring Angie Caraway on the piano. Raffles and games also begin at 7 p.m.

Among the raffle items are a pair of earrings, valued at $5,000, from Torin Bales Fine Jewelry.

Games include casino style games with raffle tickets as the ultimate prizes. There will also be a silent auction from 7 to 10 p.m. and a live auction at 10 p.m.

Among the live auction items are a guided fishing trip in Port O'Connor and a dove hunt at Murphy Ranch, a Chase Brown house party, a party at Greek's 205 Bar for 25 featuring music by Scott Taylor, and a Shrimp Boil at Fossati's Park with live music by Clay Crockett.

Victoria Country Club chef Matt Reid is also donating a cooking class for 12 to the live auction.

Many other live auction and silent auction items have also been donated.

Dinner is at 8 p.m. and will feature several recipes from the Junior League's most recent cookbook - "Ropin' the Flavors of Texas."

From 8 p.m. to midnight - with a break for the live auction - The Sophisticates of Austin will provide dance music.

For Hounshell, chairing the 2012 Charity Ball has been a labor of love.

"I moved to Victoria not knowing a soul, and every person I have met originated in some way with the League," she said.

"I've also learned skills that I never learned in 20 years of schooling - how to read an expense report, conduct a meeting, plan a fundraiser and work with other women.

"I would not have stayed in Texas had I not met this amazing group of women working toward a common goal of making our community a better place to live," said Hounshell.

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