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Chichester to Address 107th Holly Ball

     The Honorable John H. Chichester has accepted the invitation of reigning Holly Ball Queen, Miss Virginia C. Rittenhouse to be the annual charity event’s orator on December 28, 2002 at the Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club. The Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula’s annual Holly Ball is a black tie, invitational charity event that benefits the Tidewater Foundation. The foundation is able to serve civic, educational, historical needs in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula communities through grants funded from the proceeds of the Holly Ball. Each year, an outstanding member of the community is chosen by the reigning Queen to give an oratory to those in attendance on a topic relating to the spirit of the ball and of the holiday season. 

     As the President pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia preparing for his twenty-fifth session with the Legislature, Senator Chichester’s contributions to the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula community have been significant. He is the senior member of his party and the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which deals with both appropriations and taxation for the Commonwealth and is considered the most powerful committee in the Legislature. In addition , he serves on three other standing committees and is a member of both the Senate Rules Committee and the Joint Rules Committee, which govern legislative procedures and operations.

     Senator Chichester is past chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference and currently serves as Chairman of the Council of State Governments. He is also a gubernatorial appointee to the Southern Regional Education Board.

     In 1996 he concluded his work as Chairman of the Commission for the Future of Higher Education in Virginia. Currently, he serves as the Co-chairman of the Joint Subcommittee on Higher Education Funding Policies.

     Senator Chichester serves on the Board of Trustees for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. In addition, he is a member and past president of the Fredericksburg Rotary Club and participates in other civic organizations locally and nationally.

     Senator Chichester was born in Stafford County where he still resides with his wife, Karen.
The Committee of the Holly Ball and the Tidewater Foundation Board are delighted and honored by Senator Chichester’s willingness to deliver remarks at the 107th Holly Ball as his long term interest in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula community mirrors the Foundation’s mission.

    In 2002, the Tidewater Foundation made 26 grants to service, educational, and historical organizations throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Among those local service organizations receiving grants were the Jacob’s Ladder Program, the Richmond County Extension YMCA, the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic, Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity, the Lancaster/Northumberland Interfaith Service Council, and the Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts. The Storymobile and the “Friends of the Library,” from the Lancaster Public Library as well as the Northumberland and Middlesex County libraries received 2002 Tidewater Foundation Grants. Foundation grants to support local education went to the Lancaster County School System (stage and LHS band), the Northumberland Elementary School, Aylett Country Day School, Chesapeake Academy, Woodland Academy, St. Margaret’s School, Christchurch School, and Rappahannock Community College. Tidewater Foundation grants that support community historical efforts went to the Mary Ball Washington Museum, the Kilmarnock Museum, the Reedville Fisherman’s Museum, and the Northumberland Historical Society. Cub Scout Troops 222 and 242 were also recipients of 2002 grants. The proceeds from the annual Holly Ball make these grants possible.

     The Holly Ball will be held on December 28, 2002 at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club beginning at 8 o’clock. The presentation of debutantes will begin at 9 o’clock with a grand processional and will be followed by a Senator Chichester’s oration and then a figure, or dance pattern of colonial origins performed by debutantes and their escorts. At 10 o’clock guests pay tribute to former queens as anticipation builds for the crowning of the newest queen. The gala culminates at 11 o’clock when Senator Chichester crowns the newest queen.

     The Kings of Swing will provide music. Early reservations are important! This is a delightful Christmas event enjoyed by families in the spirit of the season, philanthropy, and tradition. Despite the festivities, the Holly Ball Committee embraces the state law concerning minimum age limits for the consumption of alcohol and does not condone underage alcohol use at the ball and related functions. A responsible adult must accompany all children under the age of 18.

     As always, the Tidewater Foundation and the Committee of the Holly Ball are grateful to the community for its tremendous support and enthusiastic attendance and to the many businesses that quietly support the ball, making this gift to the community possible.

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