Princess Ball a Huge Success!
Young girls were treated like royalty Saturday evening as they arrived on the red carpet to the 2nd Annual Princess Ball. Benton Community Foundation volunteers transformed the Otterbein United Methodist Church into a ball room with pink tulle, sparkling bracelets, glowing lights, and glittery dresses. All dressed up, the girls were escorted by their fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other male role models in their lives. Organizers report there were approximately 360 in attendance for the second year of this special event.
With music provided by Frank and Company (DJ Andrew Glotzbach), the girls had their dates out dancing to their favorite pop tunes and welcomed the opportunity to snuggle close during slow songs. Along with dancing, attendees enjoyed light snacks, had their photos taken by Erin Budreau Photography, and spent time coloring when they needed a rest. Special guests included: Miss Benton County, Rachel Wetli; Miss Benton County 2nd Runner-Up Brianne Geswein; Junior Miss Benton County, Mary Kate Lane; and Junior Miss Benton County Princess Megan Burge.
The biggest announcement of the evening came when Isabelle, the 2014 American Girl Doll of the Year, and an American Girl Bitty Baby were given away. Kate Zimmerman and Lauren Budreau were the lucky winners! Attendees who purchased tickets in advance were also entered to win a prize package from Foundation 212. Shelby and Kelsey Veldhuizen were pampered with a manicure and hairstyle, while there father, Brent, got a fresh haircut for the big night.
Proceeds from the Ball will provide classroom grants to local elementary teachers through the Marilyn Fischbach Reading & Writing Fund, held within Benton Community Foundation. Each May, $3,000-4,000 is given away to fund reading materials, new technology, and more! Aside from the fundraising aspect, the Foundation was pleased to offer this opportunity for our young girls to have a positive experience with these special men in their lives.
Benton Community Foundation wishes to extend our gratitude to the Otterbein United Methodist Church, Foundation 212, Frank and Company DJ Service, Erin Budreau Photography, The Button Bowtique and the dozens of volunteers who cooked, decorated, cleaned, and helped during the evening’s festivities.