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Texas Underwriter Ball Premieres for a Cause

Louisa Kessel Execuitive Director, St. Josephs Community Foundation
Louisa Kessel
Execuitive Director,
St. Josephs Community Foundation

The new Texas Underwriter Ball, organized by the St. Joseph’s Community Foundation, will premiere Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Drake’s Party Barn to raise funds for local grants and scholarships.

According to the Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Community Foundation, Louisa Kessel, the event, formally known as the Gala, has given over $1.3 million away in medical grants and scholarships in the area.

“Anyone can apply for scholarships as long as they’re getting some kind of degree in health occupations.  A lot goes to P.J.C. students,” Kessel said. “We do support some graduate students that are working on their Masters or some kind of other certification.  After they finish, they commit to stay and work in Lamar County at least one year.”

This will be the first year the event is known as the Underwriter Ball instead of the Gala.  The change came as an effort to devote more to the underwriters of the St. Joseph’s Community Foundation.

Executive Director Kessel said, “This is new this year.  The St. Joseph’s Community Foundation Gala is something that’s been going on for over twenty years.  It was a very elaborate event, very formal, but my board looked at the money it had been making for the past five years and we just decided it was time to try something new. It’s going from a very formal event to a very casual event.  About six hundred people would attend the gala every year.  We wanted to give a little more attention to the underwriters that support us and that’s where we created the Texas Underwriter Ball.”

In a letter from the Community Foundation, Chairman J.D. Davidson wrote,

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