Apr 23, 2013 12:47 PM by Danielle Lerner
TUCSON- Tucson's cultural heritage is about to get a big boost from a black tie affair. The 63rd annual Silver and Turquoise Ball will take over Arizona Inn on May 4, and it's a tradition that continues giving back.
The San Xavier Mission dates back to the 18th century but the task of preserving this cultural treasure is a modern-day effort.
"All of the stories of how the southwest came to be are contained in this building," said Vern Lamplot, executive director of Patronato San Xavier. "It's the best preserved example of colonial Spanish mission architecture in the United States so it's hard to underestimate the importance of this building."
Patronato San Xavier is a non-profit organization overseeing the ongoing work, which includes everything from rehabilitating original statues and paintings, to stuccoing the outside towers. Proceeds from this year's Silver and Turquoise Ball will help with all of it.
"Our overall mission statement really is to maintain the traditions of Tucson, as well as to preserve cultural heritage," said 2013 Ball Chair Jackie Ludwig. "What better gem than the white 'Dove of the Desert' to preserve?"
The Silver and Turquoise Ball has been benefitting the San Xavier Mission project since 1993. Since then it's helped raise more than a quarter of a million dollars.
"That's a piece of funding that we can count on every year," Lamplot said.
Steady funding is especially important as work is set to begin on the Mission's East Tower.
"Needs to have all that exterior stucco pulled off, the brick work repointed and replaced," said Lamplot.
All to make sure this gem of the desert shines bright for future generations.
Tickets are $250 per person. Click here for more ticket information.