For Model High School student Victoria Taylor, an upcoming sophomore, the Pattie A. Clay Auxiliary Charity Ball is something she has heard about her whole life.
And on June 15, Taylor will follow in her mother, Heather Taylor's footsteps, serving as a junior hostess at the event, along with 28 other young ladies.
The event is a family affair for the mother and daughter, as Heather was a hostess for the event in 1991 and her father, Skip Daugherty, is also a member of the PACA board of directors.
"When I did it, all my friends did it and it was just a fun event and all of the junior hostesses got together and did baskets for the hospital," Heather said. "It was just a fun thing to do."
The annual event is a Madison County tradition and serves as a fundraiser to benefit Baptist Health Richmond, donating the money raised to different services in the hospital.
Each year, a group of young women who are entering their sophomore year of high school are given the opportunity to serve as junior hostesses. They are presented to guests of the ball and are usually escorted by their father, grandfather or other male figure who is important in their lives.
Daugherty, who has been involved in the event each year with the exception of two times, said that when it originally started 47 years ago, the event was more exclusive to just people involved at the hospital. Over time, the ball has morphed into a community event, becoming one of the county's biggest social events of the season.
"The reason it started was a social event -- and to help the hospital at the time, and identify areas of support," Daugherty said. "It is a financial thing for the hospital and social event as well. And it is a way for the community to get involved and be aware of different aspects of the hospital. There is a philanthropic side as well as social, bringing people together."
In addition to helping guests at the ball, the hostesses also work for months helping to raise funds and doing other philanthropic work, such as packing backpacks at God's Outreach for the Madison County Backpack program, and attending hostess activities.
The junior hostesses also attend events throughout the year, like the style show, which promotes local businesses and they go to both etiquette and beauty classes. The hostesses also create gift baskets for patients at the hospital, which they deliver to them in their rooms.
For Taylor, the style show -- as well as picking out her dress -- is an event she has attended each year and one of her most favorite.
"I have a lot of friends who do it, and a lot of friends in the past who have done it," she smiled. "I go to the style show each year, and I have been looking forward to this."
Daugherty said that to date, the PACA Ball has raised $1.34 million for the Richmond hospital. Last year, the ball generated $46,000 for cardiac intervention services.
This year, Baptist Health Richmond spokesperson Sara Stringfield said that the funds raised will benefit the behavioral health services. The proceeds will provide the hospital's behavioral health team with the opportunity to enhance their services and the educational resources available to better address the opioid and mental health in the community.
"It's a way to support the hospital, it's not a lot, but it is a way of support," Daugherty said. "It involves the young people and is a coming out sort of for the young ladies."
The 48th Annual PACA Ball will be held Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts. Guests will enjoy a night of music by Tennessee band The Remedies, as well as participate in a silent auction.
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