Posted 4:32 PM 5/1/2012 : Annual Silver and Turquoise Ball is this weekend
TUCSON - Often considered one of Tucson's most elegant black tie events, it's that time of year again for the Annual Silver & Turquoise Ball!
A member of the Silver & Turquoise Board of Hostesses, Margaret Larsen, stopped by the News 4 Tucson studios today to discuss the event.
Full information on this year's Silver and Turquoise Ball can be found the news release below:
WHAT: Silver & Turquoise Ball
WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm
WHERE: Arizona Inn, 2200 East Elm St., Tucson, AZ
The Silver & Turquoise Ball is an elegant black tie event that features a gourmet dinner, gorgeous décor, and dancing under the stars at the spectacular and historic Arizona Inn. Tickets to the Silver & Turquoise Ball are $250 per person or $500 per couple. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 520-429-0912.
The Silver & Turquoise Board of Hostesses promote, support and encourage the preservation of Tucson's historical traditions and diverse cultural heritage. This year is the 62nd annual Silver & Turquoise Ball. The Board of Hostesses supports the restoration of the Mission San Xavier del Bac, and is proud to be one of its major donors.
Silver and Turquoise Ball 2012 Chairwoman Rebecca Sundt heads the fifty-member Board of Hostesses, which works throughout the year to present this extraordinary event. With Mariachis welcoming guests as they arrive, the spectacular ambience of the Arizona Inn and the joy of dancing under the stars on a beautiful May evening, the Silver & Turquoise Ball remains a beloved event steeped in history and tradition.
The first Silver & Turquoise Ball was held in 1950 by a group of Tucson's most prominent women. Among them were Aurora Patania (jewelry designer and wife of Frank Patania who was known for his silver and turquoise jewelry), Audrey Baird, Peggy Steinfeld (wife of Harold Steinfeld of the Steinfeld's Department Store and Pioneer Hotel founding family) and Isabella Greenway (the first U.S. congresswoman in Arizona history, and the founder of the Arizona Inn). They gathered for an impromptu potluck "thank you" party for all of the hard work done by the Tucson Festival Society's volunteers. This gathering began at the home of Isabella Greenway, but was moved to the Arizona Inn after it began to rain. This party became an annual event held at the Arizona Inn.
The Ball was traditionally the last event of Tucson's social season. Originally, proceeds were raised for the Tucson Festival Society and helped fund events such as Pioneer Days, La Parada de los Ninos and the Children's Writing Festival.
The Silver & Turquoise Board of Hostesses formed a non-profit organization to distinguish themselves from the Tucson Festival Society in 1993. The Board of Hostesses decided to give the proceeds from that year's Ball to the restoration efforts at Mission San Xavier del Bac.
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