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Magnolia Ball 2013 Presents an Elegant Evening of Southern Hospitality

A true southern spirit graced the 2013 Magnolia Ball as patrons and guests came together for the signature fundraiser on Saturday, April 6 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples.

Over 225 patrons attended the gala, which featured a cocktail reception, live music, dinner and dancing to raise awareness and money for the health and well-being of area cancer patients.

Guests were treated to a pre-party reception featuring authentic mint juleps specially made with Kentucky bourbon.  Hors d’oeuvres included crab cakes, cubed sweet potatoes with Andouille sausage and mushroom canapés.  Magnolia Ball Chairwoman Maureen Lerner strolled through the crowd, thanking guests for their dedication and support.

The festivities then moved into the Ritz’s Grand Hall.  NCH Healthcare System President and CEO Dr. Allen Weiss announced that proceeds from the event will help establish the new NCH Breast Health Center on the NCH North Naples campus.  This comprehensive facility will enhance cancer treatment for countless patients.

In true southern style, the men were attired in white dinner jackets while the ladies showed off their favorite evening gowns.  These fashions were on display during the Grand Promenade, the opening dance in which each couple graciously marched arm-in-arm down the middle of the dance floor.

Interior décor consisted of blooming magnolia trees and hydrangea floral arrangements.  At each table, guests snacked on candied pecans before enjoying a southern-influenced dinner of fried green tomato and sweet potato salad, filet of beef tenderloin with stone bass, Swiss chard, ham and corn cake, and raspberry cheesecake.  After dinner, attendees danced to live music by City Lights of Miami.

By the time the evening had ended, the 2013 Magnolia Ball raised $800,000 for the NCH Breast Health Center.  Special thanks were offered to Central Bank of Naples and John Morrison, Chairman, for their support as the Ball’s premier sponsor.  The abundant generosity of the many guests and sponsors will allow the new NCH Breast Health Center to make a positive difference in the lives of all who need care now and for years to come.

The Magnolia Ball has been held every other year since 2001.  Thanks to event founders Suzanne and Bob Chute and the generous leadership and participation of past chairs, committees and patrons, close to $7 million has been raised to provide state-of-the-art equipment, facilities, treatment and caring support for cancer patients and their families.

View the photo gallery from 2013 Magnolia Ball

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