The Sherman Service League’s annual Charity Ball raised more than $125,000 during this year’s event and the organization has already distributed those funds to 18 local organizations.

Service League officials said this year’s ball, which was held April 14 and had the theme “Run for the Roses,” was one of the most successful and a “must-attend” event on the Grayson County social calendar. More than 500 community members attended the event, which allowed the Sherman Service League to fully fund the monetary requests of all 18 charitable recipients.

“The ball brought together a fantastic mix of philanthropists, business people and partygoers all with one aim: to have a good time — doing good!” the ball’s chair Kate Corder said. “With our guests, sponsors, the charitable horse races, the silent and live auctions, the wonderful food and the great band, the Sherman Service League members created an evening where everyone had a great time and left knowing that something worthwhile had been achieved.”

As part of the festivities, attendees got the chance to meet and have their pictures taken with Big John, a live horse brought in as part of the night’s theme, “Run for the Roses.” Many of those who attended dressed up and wore their best hats for an evening modeled after a southern derby. In addition to musical entertainment and southern food, the ball offered those in attendance the chance to bid on silent auction items and take part in a live auction led by Lloyd Cooper to benefit 18 local organizations.

The proceeds from the event were distributed one week later to the Grayson County Child and Family Guidance Center, Grayson County Crisis Center, Family Promise of Grayson County, Boys and Club of Sherman Inc., Friends of the Sherman Public Library, Grand Central Station Dining Car, Grayson County Child Welfare Board, Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention, Friends of the Pottsboro Area Library, Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County, Home Hospice of Grayson County, Locust Volunteer Fire Department, North Texas Youth Connection, Preston Volunteer Emergency Services, True Options Pregnancy Care Center, Volunteer Services Council of Texoma and Wesley Village.

“The Charity Ball provides an opportunity for the Sherman Service League to communicate our cause and vision for impacting people in the community in a meaningful and deep way,” President April Curran said. “The League is so much more than Charity Ball. We work alongside our recipients in volunteer hours, we donate food and services, and help any way we can.”

The Sherman Service League has been working toward its mission to make Grayson County better through service, volunteering and community involvement since 1954. The Sherman league also includes a community service organization, “Sisters of Service,” which is for young women in ninth through 12th grades.

In 2017, more than $125,000 was raised at the ball, titled “Evening of Enchantment,” and the funds were distributed within two weeks of being raised.