Park Lovers’ Ball Raises $320K for West U Parks

March 7, 2012

The Friends of West U Parks today announced the final numbers for the nonprofit’s 2012 Park Lovers’ Ball.

Friends had a record breaking year, raising $438,000 in gross income and $320,000 in net income.

“I think it was a big success,” Friends Chair Leah Ragiel told the board during its monthly meeting.

The sold out event was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Houston on Saturday, Feb. 11.

This year’s ball, “A Walk in the Park,” accommodated 564 people, which was a record number in attendance for Friends.

Friends Executive Director Donna LaMond told InstantNewsWestU that the event was successful “in every conceivable way.”

The ball featured live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing to the tunes of Password.

The auction part of the evening brought in $213,000 for Friends.

The ball is Friends’ largest annual fundraising initiative to support the renovation, expansion, development and improvement of parks and green spaces in the neighborhood parks of West U.

Event co-chairs were Courtney and Scott Archer and Anne and John Freeman. The 2012 PLB’s Honorary Chairs were Vicki and Dana Grams, who are both on the Friends advisory board.

Planning is already underway for the 2013 Park Lovers’ Ball.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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