Beginning in 1998, FHSA has celebrated the holiday season with an annual Poinsettia Ball in support of their many fundraising events which help to continue the vision and mission of the organization. All proceeds are donated to CHRISTUS VNA Hospice, a nonprofit hospice, for its uninsured patients. The elegant evening of fine food, entertainment, and dancing has never become complicated by an auction or raffle. It is truly a special holiday party.
History of the Poinsettia Ball: In 1988, Hospice San Antonio invited the community to celebrate its first Poinsettia Ball, honoring the Ecumenical Center. For those of us who attended this beautiful event, the brainchild of Anne Smith, the night was truly a magical one. The Poinsettia Ball has been one of the highlights of the holiday season, both because of the work of Hospice San Antonio (which it supports) and the beauty of the mass of Poinsettias that are the hallmark of the evening.
Friends of Hospice San Antonio assumed the volunteer steering committee responsibility for the Poinsettia Ball in 1995. The Ball has been chaired by the following talented members of the community: Neal Krause, Beverly Smith (representing the Ecumenical Center), Anne B. Smith, Chica Younger, Millie DeAnda, Marge Johnson, Jane Phillips, Claire Daviss, Betty Parish, Diana Harris, Cecil Scanlan, Winifred Cocke, Tookie Spoor, Lynn Hamby, Vicki Richardson, Carol Canty, Lori Wright, Pauleen Netting, Lois Jones, Nancy Torgerson, Gretchen Burkholder, Sally Owens, Jennifer Brown, Kristina Fentress, Carter Dreesman, Johanna Comuzzi, Janice Brazil, Barbara Schneider, Kim Fisher, Beverly Purcell Guerra, Lucy Wilson, DeeAnn Simpson, Karen Dawson, Mary Ann Franzke, Beverly Pace, Margie Klesse, Jill Adams, Sarah Fox, Mary Overstreet, Sherry Satel, LouAnn Noll, and Sherry McNeil.
Since 1995, The Ball has raised close to two million dollars to provide care for thousands of uninsured hospice patients and their families.