40 Stories for 40 Years: The Crystal Charity Ball

by Emily Roberts | Oct 17, 2018

The Crystal Charity Ball has supported the mission of The Family Place by providing transformational funding at three critical junctures of our growth. In 1986 we received support for our Children’s Therapeutic Program, in 2010 for Faith and Liberty’s Place, and in 2016 to name the Children’s Counseling Center at Ann Moody Place. The three gifts total $2,148,450 and have had an enormous impact on the safety and well being of thousands of children.

“Being able to be in on the ground floor of Ann Moody Place was a huge privilege,” says Claire Emanuelson, current chairman of The Crystal Charity Ball. “Our donors have great respect for The Family Place and were very supportive of the capital campaign to fund the Children’s Counseling Center. Our beneficiaries must serve children in Dallas, and our investments must be used specifically to benefit youth under the age of 18,” she explains.

Over the years many members of The Crystal Charity Ball have served in leadership roles at The Family Place. Claire is an excellent example. She serves on The Family Place Foundation board of directors, is a lifetime member of The Family Place Partners, and she and her husband, Dwight, a previous board member of The Family Place, helped launch our ReuNight fundraiser in 2013.

“Dwight and I got introduced to The Family Place many years ago through Pepsi KidAround and then Palm Night,” Claire says. “We were incredibly impressed with Paige’s leadership and vision for the growth of the organization. We ended up chairing Palm Night and then helped Paige launch ReuNight. Paige is dynamic in sharing her deep passion for The Family Place and has cultivated loyal relationships in the Dallas community and beyond.”