Around 410 people enjoyed a night of all things bubbly on Saturday, April 6, as ChildServe hosted its 3rd annual Bubble Ball gala event supporting the organization and the medical needs of the children it serves.
Capital Square in downtown Des Moines was transformed into a night at the circus, the highlight being a 70-foot runway where more than 40 designers showcased bubble wrap creations tied to the theme of the evening.
“This event has two goals: to heighten community awareness and to raise money,” says Cheri Burns, ChildServe director of development and community relations. “I believe we exceeded expectations in both areas and had positive comments from all.”
An added surprise to the evening was a bubble wrap snake charmer dress and hat that went down the runway, created by local designer Sarah Dornink for pop music sensation Katy Perry. The hat and two 8×10” headshot photos were autographed by Perry. These items, in addition to the bubble wrap dress and a large photo print of Perry wearing the hat, were all live auctioned for a total of $1,800.
In all, the Bubble Ball raised $83,800 through sponsorships, table sales, silent and live auctions and a raffle drawing. Proceeds will go toward the continued development and implementation of ChildServe’s new Autism Program which took flight this spring. The event was made possible by a group of 35 volunteers and the success it has seen is a reflection of their commitment.
The 4th annual Bubble Ball will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Capital Square.