History of HCCBA

The first meeting of the Hill Country Charity Ball Association, Inc. (“HCCBA”) was hosted at Rachel’s Table on November 14, 1984, at 11:30 a.m. The following ladies were invited by Mary Helen Schreiner to become the first members of the association: Tweety Eastland, Debra Henderson, Monica Starky, Cynthia Real, Margaret Phillips, Rhonda Hardin, Cathy Hawkins, Toni Morris, Cathy Oehler, Melissa Schneider, Betty Mosty, Cindy Hunt, Becky Jons, Barbara Parker, Diane Oehler, Priscilla Crozier, Suzanne Story, Cathy Ashton, Trish Sebek, Fluffy Cash and Macky Pitts.

During the first meeting, members considered the types of organizations which would qualify for funding from the HCCBA. The members considered the Hill Country Youth Ranch, Kerr County Animal Welfare Society, Hill Country Museum, Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital, Schreiner College, The Lions Camp, Beautification of Kerrville and local diseased organizations. They also decided the membership should be limited to 25 or less members. The members felt it was important to the ball to have at least two types of music, to have interesting things to do and see at different locations and for the event to be held in Kerrville. They also wanted the event to be void of Country Western music, the evening to be formal and a theme to govern the decorations and the activities of the evening. Most importantly, they wanted the Hill Country Charity Ball to be different from any other function in the Hill Country.

The first Hill Country Charity Ball was hosted on Saturday, May 3, 1986, at the YO Ranch Hilton Hotel. The proceeds from the first ball were given to Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital for use in purchasing a Central Information Monitoring station for patients in the hospitals new Intensive Coronary Care Unit. Since that first ball, over $1.5 million has been raised by the HCCBA for local charities.

Past Ball Recipients, 1986-2018

Raising more than $1.5 million for nonprofit organizations in the Hill Country

1986 • Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital—Intensive Care Unit • $50,000
1987 • Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library & Kerrville Families in Action • $40,000
1988 • Texas Lions Camp • $42,000
1989 • Christian Assistance Ministry, Heart O’ the Hills, Hospice, Hill Country Crisis Council & Homespun • $34,000
1990 • CASA, Substance Abuse Coalition of Kerr County • $32,000
1991 • Star Foundation Trust & K’STAR • $24,000
1992 • Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library, Partners in Parenting Education Program & Hill Country Crisis Council’s Children’s Program • $28,000
1993 • Peterson Regional Health Care Center • $36,500
1994 • Star Ranch & Kerrville Little League Program • $32,000
1995 • Any Baby Can & Homespun • $35,000
1996 • Habitat for Humanity & Literacy Volunteers of America—Kerr County • $42,500
1997 • Riverside Nature Center & Humane Society of Kerrville • $37,000
1998 • Raphael Community Free Clinic, Inc. • $36,600
1999 • Kids’ Advocacy Place • $38,500
2000 • Kerr County YMCA • $48,500

2001 • Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital • $65,000
2002 • Kerrville Public School Foundation & Families & Literacy, Inc. • $36,000
2003 • Kerrville Special Operations Unit • $66,000
2004 • Trail’s West Children’s Gallery at the Museum of Western Art • $62,000
2005 • Special Opportunity Center • $73,650
2006 • Doyle School Community Center • $76,500
2007 • Kids’ Advocacy Place • $63,700
2008 • Kerr County YMCA • $82,000
2009 • Habitat for Humanity • $46,500
2010 • Medina Children’s Home • $37,000
2011 • Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Library Foundation • $55,000
2012 • Riverside Nature Center • $45,000
2013 • Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show Assoc. • $60,000
2014 • Playhouse 2000—Youth Theater Program • $42,500
2015 • Hill Country Youth Soccer Association (AYSO) • $25,000
2016 • Hill Country Youth Orchestra • $34,000
2017 • Christian Women’s Job Corps of Kerr County • $37,500
2018 • Hill Country Arts Foundation (The Point Theater) • $37,000

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