Snowball is the Charity League of Paducah’s annual New Year’s Eve fundraising event. This year it will be held at the Carson Center in downtown Paducah on Monday, December 31. Music and entertainment will be provided by The Respectables, a high-energy band from Nashville, that is sure to get you up and dancing! The event is a semi-formal affair, so ladies get out your cocktail dresses!
"It’s exciting to be able to attend a fun New Year’s Eve celebration, while supporting a such great cause in Easter Seals,” says Leigh Ann Ballegeer, Charity League President. “A successful Snowball would not be possible without our 50 hard-working, volunteer Charity League members, as well as a number of local businesses who provide us with sponsorships and donations. Paducah is such a generous community, and this 91st annual event is a true testament to that!”
"We are excited to continue one of Paducah's longest traditions," says Olivia Carr, Snowball Chair. “Everyone has been working hard to make the night come together, and this year with a new location, new band, and some fun surprises in store! We are looking forward to celebrating the New Year with everyone, while supporting Easter Seals West Kentucky."
The Charity League
The mission of the non-profit, volunteer organization, the Charity League, Inc., is raising funds for Easter Seals West Kentucky and assisting other local non-profits that support the health, welfare and general care of women, and children. While creating a legacy of friendship and passion for our community, their primary purpose is to financially assist Easter Seals West Kentucky.
On a Sunday afternoon in December 1928, sixteen young women gathered together in hopes to raise $150 to purchase a couch and chair for the Friendly Home for Children. From this meeting, the first Snowball was created. These same young women, who had then successfully held four Snowballs, pledged to continue their charity work by establishing the Charity League of Paducah on March 13, 1932. Paducah's Charity League was thusly born.
Dog and art shows, miniature doll exhibits and the President’s Birthday Ball were a few of the events that raised funds in the early years. Today, the Charity League consists of 50 active members serving five-year commitments, as well as several hundred associate members. The fundraising events have changed over time, however, traditions – like Snowball - remain strong.