The women behind Norton Children Hospital’s wildly successful Snow Ball gala are moving their soiree to The Omni Louisville Hotel where they’ll be adding fresh twists to the can’t-miss holiday tradition.
t may be the city’s glitziest holiday party. The Snow Ball has historically been the charitable kick-off to the holiday season. From its receiving line of snowflakes from The Louisville Ballet’s Nutcracker to its winter wonderland décor to the chorus of student carolers, this fundraiser has earned its reputation over the last fifteen years as a magical experience that’s as dazzling as it is heartwarming, with its inspiring Norton Children’s success stories.
But this year it moves from its longtime home at The Downtown Marriott to a space where it’s sure to take on even more epic proportions. “The move to The Omni was very much about space,” says Kathy Cox, wife of President Russ Cox and a longtime committee member. “The opportunity to grow is presented by The Omni where we can accommodate over nine hundred people.”
With the move comes some exciting changes. “We’re trying new things,” she says. “We got both ballrooms, so we can have the silent auction and bourbon tastings in the small ballroom. We have pre-event and pre-dinner spaces that we can turn into more of an experience for guests.” The expanded space also allows for more pre-dinner entertainment including Noe Middle School choir, the Louisville Youth Choir and Christ Methodist bell-ringers. It also dictates “more modern décor,” which you might say includes the stunning ice luge for Heaven Hill specialty drinks. And there is plenty of room for everyone to get on their feet and stay there, dancing to the music of Endless Summer.
While the committee credits their mix of new and seasoned members with the success and sizzle of their winter bash, they also believe it’s their mission that matters most. “We raise over three hundred thousand dollars on our Norton Children’s Hospital Home & BMW Raffle,” says Cox. (For the uninitiated, their grand prize is a Norton Commons home and first prize is a BMW.) This year, the money raised is earmarked for the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the honorary chairs are her parents, Karen and Gary Lawrence. Says Kathy, “What’s great about this event is that we have honorary chairs instead of a traditional committee chairperson. We have a fantastic group of women and we all just pitch in and get it done.”
IF YOU GO
The Norton Healthcare Snow Ball Gala will be held on Saturday, November 17, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $477 each; silver tables of ten are $4,770 and crystal tables of ten are $5,300. Snow Ball room rates of $169 are available. For more information or to purchase gala or raffle tickets, go to nortonchildrens.com/foundation/events/snow-ball-gala.