Board of Visitors Charity Ball celebrates its first century of giving


The Board of Visitors 100th Annual Charity Ball, the longest running charitable tradition in Arizona, was held April 18 to a sold-out audience of over 1,000 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn.

Highlight of the evening was the celebration of 43 Flower Girls, who are seniors in high school. Tradition and society met when fathers presented the Flower Girls, wearing long white gowns, with a traditional curtsy.

Mona Smith, chairman of The BOV, stated “Our founders began serving our community’s need for health care in 1908. In the past year, the Board of Visitors was able to grant over $800,000 to 19 deserving organizations. We are truly grateful for the generous and continued support of our mission.”

The 2015 Charity Ball Chairman Joanie O’Connor said, “For 100 years The BOV’s Annual Charity Ball has honored family traditions and commitments to our community, while allowing us to raise much-needed funds for worthy Arizona charities.”

The Board of Visitors Annual Charity Ball tradition continues April 16, 2016 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn.

Established in 1908, The Board of Visitors is the oldest charitable organization in Arizona. Since its inception, The BOV has raised and awarded funds of more than $18 million to local nonprofits that help improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in our community.

Its members work year round to raise funds to serve the healthcare needs of women, children and the elderly. For more information, please visit

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