90 Years of Snowball

For the past 89 years Paducah Charity League’s has held its annual New Year’s Eve fundraising party. The 90th Snowball will be held at Walker Hall in downtown Paducah on New Year's Eve. Music and entertainment will be provided by the famous Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos. Your $50 ticket will include a midnight champagne toast, breakfast, and a balloon drop! This year’s presenting sponsor is Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

Beyond the special memories, and the faint glow from beautifully decorated rooms of the past, is the significant funding for Easter Seals West Kentucky that is derived from all that planning and partying.

"It will be a lively and fun-filled evening," says Kristina McDowell, Snowball Co-Chair. "And we hope, like every year before, to raise much-needed funds for the Easter Seal Center and the families who depend on its vital services."

"Snowball was always something we looked forward to every year," says Suzanne Farmer, a Paducah Charity League associate. "It was a time to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and spending time with new friends dancing, laughing, and making memories. I remember one year we left Snowball to find one of the most beautiful snowfalls waiting for us. That winter wonderland was a magical ending to a great night."

"The Charity League Snowball is the social event of the year adds associate Zana Renfro. "It used to be held at the Executive Inn Showroom. Members began crafting, growing, and planning our unique décor in late summer. It was a tradition that the centerpieces served as door prizes - from concrete planters with red cockscomb topiaries, to ‘paper whites’ in beautiful planters. Snowball's great memories and lasting friendships are just as special today."

Paducah’s Charity League

On a Sunday afternoon in December 1928, a group of young women including Eloise Fergerson, Virginia Fergerson, and Christine "Tiny" Alliston, were trying to figure out a way to raise $150. They wanted to purchase a couch and chair for Paducah's Friendly Home, a local orphanage. From this meeting, the first Charity League Snowball premiered as a social event for many seasons to come. In 1932, these same young women who had successfully sponsored four Snowballs, pledged themselves to continue charity work in the community. Paducah's Charity League was thusly born.

To join in the fun this year, purchase a ticket, and support the work of Easter Seals West Kentucky, contact any Charity League member or Kristina McDowell at kmcdowell989@gmail.com. More information about the Charity League can be found at paducahcharityleague.com.