The annual Ball of Roses will be held on Saturday, June 2 at the Country Club of Birmingham’s East Room with the presentation beginning at 9 p.m. The Ball of Roses is sponsored by the Ballet Guild of Birmingham’s President Caroline Coats Wood and Executive Vice-President Lindsey Tomlinson Druhan.
The First Ball of Roses was held in August of 1961. Eleven young women from Birmingham were presented.
Each year, the ball is sponsored by the Ballet Guild of Birmingham, which is an invitational organization of young women dedicated to supporting the ballet in Birmingham through fundraising and volunteer work. Founded in 1959, the Ballet Guild was organized to promote and foster development of ballet in Birmingham in addition to raising funds for its support. Since its inception, the Ballet Guild has raised more than $1 million for the Alabama Ballet.
This year, the Ball of Roses celebrates its 52nd anniversary and continues to serve as a vital fundraiser for the Alabama Ballet. Ball of Roses Chairman Katherine Barrow Kettig and Ball Co-Chairman Ellen McCulley Faust have collaborated with Carole Sullivan of Lagniappe Designs on a colorful palette and garden theme for the ball decor. This year’s Men’s Committee Dinner, chaired by Mary Bradley Hosch Anderson and co-chaired by Mary Catherine Rollins Ferguson, has planned a formal seated dinner for donors prior to the presentation.