Inspiration by the delicacy of nature, especially the intricate beauty and mystery of a rose, is what artists dream of. Plump and pretty, the queen of fragrance set high on the pedestal of perennials, the rose, lingers on everyone’s mind this month as Greenville prepares for the 24th Rose Ball to take place Sept. 15 at the Poinsett Club following two years of preparation. As volunteers, artists and designers take on the task of creating another elegant event, we wait on the moment of full bloom when all of its beauty is set forth.
The Rose Ball, Greenville’s longest-running charitable event, brings philanthropists and partygoers together for an evening set above all others with more than 4,000 blooms of roses takes ownership of each and every room of the Poinsett Club, crafting conversations and swirling scents through the air from beginning until the end.
This biennial event, planned by the Rose Ball Committee and supported through the Charity Ball Board of Greenville, touches the souls of this community like no other by donating more than $3 million to Greenville in the Ball’s 46 year tradition, this year it raises eyebrows once again sharing contributions with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the ball are dedicated historically to Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, and the remaining 50 percent are split among Greenville charities. The 14 additional organizations selected as beneficiaries of the 24th Rose Ball include:
Cancer Society of Greenville County
Cancer Survivors Park
Communities in Schools
Greenville Health System
Greenville Literacy Association
Harvest Hope Food Bank
Meyer Center for Special Children
Miracle Hill Ministries
Ronald McDonald House
South Carolina Children’s Theatre
Raising funds to support the needs of the Greenville community is no small feat, and those who plan are fully dedicated to transforming the night into a memorable occasion. Under the leadership of Jennifer Haley, Rose Ball chairman, and Allison Spinks, decorations chairman, a healthy congregation of volunteers bring the artistry of the rose to the party, and this year, their goal is to showcase the palette of the rose.
With hundreds of hues found on the luxurious petals of roses, designers and visual artists in the Greenville area are having a ball, so to speak, putting their touches on specific shades and using donated stems from growers and suppliers alike to design each space within the Poinsett Club to give glory to the beauty of the roses. Volunteers will give days to developing the transformations until collectively each room and eventually the entire event space comes to full bloom on the evening of Sept. 15.
Ranging from the deepest red, to the purest white and a perfect shade of coral, each room will boast a presentation driven and derived from the imagination of the designing volunteer artists. Lisa Tice has donated years to designing for the Rose Ball and this year is no different. She brings experience and passion for the event with the love of color showcasing a sophisticated display of coral. “The colors of the roses are beautiful and give us a chance to play with beautiful decorations that are fun and surprising,” Tice says. Anticipation always stirs the guests with wonder and excitement to see what Tice creates. One thing is for sure, she never disappoints.
At the request of the Rose Ball Committee, Teresa Roche, owner of Art and Light, is graciously coordinating original work by local visual artists to showcase at the ball in each room, as part of the thematic palette. She, Laurie Buck, Glory Loflin, Jamie Bunny and Elizabeth Shanks will exhibit their individual interpretations of roses, deep in velvety colors and stemmed in love, for the Greenville community and its many gifts to them.
“The abstract and geometric paintings of the 50s strongly influence me; however, the color palette of today's current trends find their way to each piece,” Roche says.
With each of these artists bringing her own style to the canvas, one will not want to miss a chance to grab a cocktail and an opportunity to own an original created for the evening.
Mary Campbell, one of the creators of We Took to the Woods, a shop in the Stone Avenue area of Greenville, is one of the many designers returning to the ball this year. As a florist, Campbell loves to mix the rustic with the refined and often gathers materials from the surrounding landscape. She will showcase her interpretation of the Almost Black Rose. This earthy composition brings a bit of youth to a classic design.
Let the wonder of this Ball spark creativity in us all as we celebrate another year of bringing Greenville to a healthier hue, both bountiful and beautiful. Bring on the roses and bring on the fun.
You can go
The Rose Ball
Where: Poinsett Club
When: Sept. 15
For more information: www.theroseball.org