Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:37
Tickets are now available for the annual Via Christi Emerald Ball, a formal evening to benefit Gerard House, a shelter for pregnant teens, and Via Christi’s Cancer Institute.
This year’s ball is Saturday, March 16, at the Hyatt Regency Wichita’s Grand Eagle Ballroom, 400 W. Waterman. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m., live and silent auctions, and dancing until midnight to the music of popular local band, “The Source.”
Tickets are $125 a person or $1,200 for a table of 10 and are available for purchase online at viachristi.org/emeraldball, or by calling the Via Christi Foundation at (316) 239-3520.
For 25 years, Via Christi’s Gerard House has provided a nurturing shelter for young women during their pregnancies and for a few months after delivery as they decide whether to keep and raise their children or place them with adoptive couples. The mothers receive the medical care they need for a healthy pregnancy, learn life skills to become good parents and independent adults, and find help completing and furthering their education.
Gerard House is the only state-licensed maternity home in the Wichita area that serves young women in the juvenile justice and foster care systems, and the only maternity home in Wichita that serves all in need, regardless of ability to pay.
The evening’s other beneficiary is Via Christi Cancer Institute, a cancer treatment and research facility that engages family and caregivers through a comprehensive and interactive treatment plan. In addition to healing the body, emphasis is also placed on a “rebirth” of mind and spirit.