Rose Ball honors young ladies, benefits homeless of Naples Print this post

Bob Reddy – Florida Catholic

12/9/17

The Mother Frances de Sales Auxiliary to the Homeless held its Third Rose Ball where 31 young ladies were recognized for their commitment of volunteer service and formation.

The Rose Ball, held Thanksgiving weekend every other year, was Nov. 25 at the Naples Beach Hotel and Resort, and benefited four organizations in Collier County which directly work to help break the cycle of homelessness.

The 2017 Rose Ball highlight includes the Rose Girls dancing a waltz following their presentation following a two year commitment to dignity, charity and purity. The Ball took place Nov. 25 at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. The evening benefits homeless programs in the area.

The 31 ladies, known as Rose Girls, committed to a two-and-a-half-year volunteer and personal formation program where they make pledges of dignity, charity, and purity and were presented to those gathered as Dignified Ladies of Volunteer Service.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane presented each young lady with a silver Rose Ball medallion of the organizations’ patron, Mother Frances de Sales, known as St. Leonie Aviat, who was canonized 16 years ago, on Nov. 25, 2001.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane present a Rose Girl with a Rose Ball Medallion in honor of St. Leonnie Aviet during the 2017 Rose Ball on Nov. 25 at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. The girls each made a two year commitment to dignity, charity and purity. The evening benefits homeless programs in the area.

Each of the young ladies committed to volunteering for the happiness of others and care deeply about keeping themselves committed to the three pillars of dignity, charity and purity. They are each currently navigating their way through high school with the help of the Mother Frances de Sales Auxiliary.

WINK-TV Anchor Lois Thome served as master of ceremonies and detailed the volunteer service each of the young ladies accomplished during their formation program, with many focusing on helping children or the elderly. Following the presentation and the receiving of their medal, the ladies, all in white dresses, danced a waltz with their escorts. A new group of young ladies are now in the process to complete the formation program in time to be honored at the 2019 Rose Ball.

The event was organized by Rebecca D. Foxhoven, and chaired by James F. Richards amd Co-Chaired by Vince M. Rodriguez. Dr. John R. Wood, author of “Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission: 5 Steps to Winning the War Within,” gave the keynote presentation.

Bishop Dewane commended the auxiliary for answering the Call of God and in making a commitment to creating an example for young ladies who also recognize the need to serve the homeless in the area.

For more information please visit www.motherfrancesdesales.com.

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