Each year the Crystal Charity Ball’s 100 active members fundraise to provide astronomical funds for area nonprofits helping children. It requires tireless efforts to research beneficiaries and coordinate so much more than is seen on the society pages.
Monday evening, their 2014 membership was lowered to 99 with the death of Brandy Moore Ratchford, who was only 43. Within her brief life, Brandy touched so many lives by her personality, friendship and loyalty. And anyone who knew her, understood what her and husband Stephen’s top priorities were — their five children and charities.
According to 2014 CCB Chair Robyn Conlon, “For those of you who may not have known Brandy, she was an outstanding member of Crystal Charity Ball. With her beautiful smile and infectious laugh, Brandy would always light up a room. A hard and steady worker, Brandy loved being on the Arrangements and Children’s Book Committees. Brandy was also one of our best researchers for Charity Selection. She always gave thoughtful and informative presentations during Round 1. There are not many researchers who have the privilege and pleasure of seeing the agencies they present, be funded. However, Brandy did, when she was the lead presenter of Voice of Hope, who became a 2012 Beneficiary.”
Beloved by so many, Brandy had a true heart of gold. Unfortunately, that heart failed her and she succumbed to heart disease.
For the first time in its history, CCB will strive to meet its goal with 99 active members and one very special guardian angel. The Ratchford family and Brandy’s incredible circle of friends will also have that same angel lovingly inspiring and watching over them the rest of their lives.
A service celebrating Brandy’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at Highland Park Methodist Church.