***All photographs by Pam Stadel***

The first and longest-running formal ball for charity, the Duck Ball, was held April 26th at the Stones River Country Club.

The original Ugly Duckling name was a bit of a spoof of Nashville’s premier event, the Swan Ball, but the intent more than 40 years ago by the women of the Charity Circle was serious, raising funds for community charitable needs.

“Charity Circle has been raising money to help those in our community since the early 1900s,” ball chairman Sydney Kimbrough noted. “The numbers of people who need some sort of assistance keep growing and the Ugly Duckling Ball grew out of the desire to be of service to those in Rutherford County.”

Charity Circle assists more than 20 local agencies on a quarterly basis, she said, adding Circle members serve on the boards of every supported charity and are actively involved on them.

“It was the first formal fundraising ball in this county … and continues to be respected as a vital part of this community’s philanthropic effort,” Kimbrough said.

Music for the evening was provided by an “outstanding and well-known band” from Atlanta, “Complete Desire,” plus a string quartet played classical music during the cocktail and dinner time.

Henry’s Florist designed the foyer and ballroom with hundreds of flowers, Kimbrough said.

Club chef Matt Rush offered a menu of salad of argula greens with proscuitto, apples, pears, gorgonzola cheese and pecan vinaigrette, beef fillet with truffled potato torte, asparagus, tri-colored carrots and bacon mushroom jus and dessert of cheesecake and strawberry napoleon with chocolate.

“Charity Circle is aware of the many fundraising events to choose from in Murfreesboro and is working hard to make this event is beautiful, fun and helpful to people in need in Rutherford County,” Kimbrough said.
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