Through a flourishing 52-year history, some 1,300 young women have been honored by the Fleur de Lis organization at its signature Charity Ball.

To date, the charitable organization has contributed $2.702 million to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

During the Fleur de Lis Ball ceremony, young women dressed in white gowns are presented to the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Through the years, the traditional ceremony has remained unchanged, with the exception of the venue. The ball was held at the Chase Park Plaza's Khorassan Ballroom until 1985, when it moved to its current location at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, formerly the Adams Mark Hotel. The annual event will continue to be held in the Hyatt’s Grand Ballroom for the foreseeable future, according to organization spokeswoman Judy Miller.

Another key component of the ball is its charitable impact. This year’s 36 honorees spent time giving back to the community through volunteer work at local nonprofits, including Our Lady’s Inn, Habitat for Humanity, Our Little Haven and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, Miller says. Last year, Cardinal Glennon provided more than $5 million in free medical care to children from St. Louis and the bi-state area.

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