Rick and Saundra Pearce chaired the Charity Ball in 2003 and Saundra, Sack and Barb Strait chaired the ball in 2005.
Rick Pearce, president of the Chamber of Commerce serving MIddletown, Monroe and Trenton, said it’s amazing to think of the Charity Ball’s history.
“I can’t imagine the original organizers having the thought this would last 100 years,” he said.
His wife thanked members of the MAFWC and community volunteers for their “relentless and tireless” hours organizing the event.
“It wasn’t sad,” Pearce said when asked her reaction when the ball ended. “It was a celebration, but I’d be lying if I told you I won’t miss them. It was one of my favorite nights of the year.”
The 2020 theme was “Reflections” and Sack said through Kirsten Spicer’s vision 70 framed posters that had 30 years of articles from past Charity Balls were displayed throughout the banquet center.
Sack hopes to display the posters this summer at the Middletown Arts Center.
Middletown Mayor Nicole Condrey and Ohio Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, presented proclamations to Virginia Jenkins, president of the MAFWC.
Funds toward this event are being accepted and Sack said the MAFWC will present a check to Atrium Medical Center Foundation on April 29. Over the past 100 years, the ball has provided more than $1.2 million in support to the hospital through a variety of projects, Sack said.
The Charity Ball was sponsored by Premier Health/Atrium Medical Center, Start Skydiving and Middletown TubeWorks as Presenting Sponsors and Journal-News as the Media Sponsor.