According to 2020 and 2021 Jewel Charity Volunteer President Michelle Marlow,
“COVID-19 truly affected our ability to raise funds for Cook Children’s to the extent in which we are used to and the patients rely on us to provide.
“The largest fundraiser that we have is our annual Jewel Charity Ball and the raffle and silent auction that takes place at the Ball.
“The Ball unfortunately had to be cancelled in 2021 and the amount of funding we were able to provide to Cook Children’s was in-turn negatively affected. We are thrilled to announce that the Ball is on for Saturday, March 5, 2022, and that means we have a lot of financial support to make up for.
“Our one wish is to sell more raffle tickets than ever before so that we can provide Cook Children’s with the largest check possible. With your support, we can achieve that goal.
“The raffle is a benefit to so many different facets of Fort Worth. One, it provides wonderful prizes at various price points to meet the needs of anyone, whether attending the Ball or not. Two, the raffle also helps our local businesses and corporate partners receive awareness and marketing during this tough economic time. Three, the raffle enables Jewel Charity Ball Inc. to remain the largest third-party funder of Cook Children’s and lastly but most importantly, the patients and families at Cook Children’s are the true benefactors from the raffle ticket sales. The cost increase of quality medical care, especially for extended illnesses, and the surge of patients due to the pandemic, has given Jewel Charity’s fundraising efforts an even greater significance as Cook Children’s uncompensated care costs continue to escalate.
“Though the needs have changed during our 65 years, the heart of Jewel Charity remains devoted to the children who are patients at Cook Children’s. Jewel Charity remains true to its original purpose, now with over 625 members, and has raised over $75 million dollars since the first Ball to ensure that all children at Cook Children’s are provided the health care they need and deserve.
“The work of Jewel Charity is not possible without the support of the community. We ask that you consider supporting Jewel Charity Inc. and the work that we do to provide for the most vulnerable patients and families at Cook Children’s.