By HOWARD BALABAN
Medina Journal-Register — RIDGEWAY — The Ridgeway Fire Hall played host to a packed house Saturday evening as the Pink Crystal Ball once again proved to be a rousing success.
Those who gathered for the annual happening helped to raise money through a basket raffle, a silent auction, and a live auction. The event’s founders, Kathy and Vic Vicknair, said the event broke its own attendance record and raised the most money in its history.
The money raised will be split evenly between the Knights/Kaderli Memorial Fund and Hospice of Orleans, and both organizations had several people on hand to enjoy the night. They said they found the atmosphere both enjoyable and heartwarming.
“This is neighbors taking care of neighbors,” said Melissa Knights Bertrand. “It shows how tight-knit this community is.”
Stacey Knights-Pellicano noted the type of crowd on hand Saturday made the event unique. “One thing I’ve noticed is so many people here tonight have been affected by cancer in some way,” she said, adding how it is rare to find events where the proceeds go directly toward patients’ benefits.
While Knights/Kaderli has always been a beneficiary of the Pink Crystal Ball, Hospice of Orleans was a new addition this year. Administrative Assistant Lisa Christiaansen said the Pink Crystal Ball committee approached Hospice over the winter, shortly after it opened a new residenc.
“We were honored they’d chosen us,” Christiaansen said.
Christiaansen said the Vicknairs have definitely turned the annual event into a smooth-running machine.
“You would think she’s been doing this forever,” she said, noting how quickly the event sold out with a large number of community members. And that, she said, spoke just as much about the Pink Crystal Ball and the people behind it as it did to the people who showed up Saturday.
“It’s nice because people here tonight are reaching into their hearts, not just their pockets,” she said.