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Yellow Rose Ball a smashing success

Highland Springs celebrates fourth annual gala Texas-style

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November 23rd, 2010

On an unseasonably warm evening in late October, Highland Springs was aglow from the inside out. The community was spit and polished in anticipation of its fourth annual gala. This year s theme was The Yellow Rose Ball. The entrance to the Hillcrest clubhouse was adorned with western-themed artwork and artifacts on loan from residents, with bouquets of yellow roses interspersed between them. Over 200 revelers, many of whom were dressed in their finest western attire, enjoyed pre-dinner cocktails and perused the silent auction items as the party got underway. Guests dined on two mouth-watering entrees, filet mignon and blue corn tortilla crusted chilean sea bass, before tucking into a chocolate lace tower and cr me anglaise for dessert. The Texas Gypsies, the Shufflin Shoes Cloggers, and Soloist Lana Hall provided the entertainment for the evening. Guests also had the opportunity to ride around the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage. For many Highland Springs residents, this year s ball was a family affair. Violet Tabler invited her children, grandchildren, and their spouses to join her for the evening. We look forward to the gala every year, she says. We call it our family prom. Proceeds from the gala benefit the Benevolent Care Fund, which ensures that a resident will never have to leave the community for financial reasons. The evening ended on a particularly high note for many in the crowd as the Texas Rangers clinched the American League Championship and advanced to the World Series for the first time in the franchise s history. Sports fans didn t have to choose between attending the gala and watching the game, as it was shown discreetly on a television in the clubhouse s living room. The Rangers victory over the Yankees was a fitting end to an evening that celebrated the best Texas has to offer.