At its founding in 1975, Snow ball was known as the St. Martin of Tours Gala and the volunteers responsibile for planning were called the St. Martin of Tours League.
Old Man Winter had a different idea for the name of an event held in the midst of the Midwest's frostiest season. Each year, without fail, the snow would begin falling as the gala approached.
After a few years of the weather's antics, the event was nicknamed - Snow Ball. Everyone liked the name so much that it stuck.
Through the years, Snow Ball has grown from a $25 per couple grassroots gathering of friends bringing covered dishes to an upscale $250 per person black-tie gala complete with the finest food beverages and live music that attracts hundreds of guests.
Since that humble beginning, this gala has grown to become one of the largest philanthropic events in the Kansas City area. The 2013 Snow Ball hosted more than 1,750 guests who raised more than $1.8 million that helped thousands of people in need in our community. We hope you will consider being a part of this exciting tradition this year.