|From left are 2012 Holly Ball Queen Elizabeth Rogers and 2013 Queen Hannah Rogers.
Having worked with The Haven as a volunteer while at St. Margaret’s School, Rogers was familiar with the needs of the organization and the many services The Haven provides to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the community, reported community relations coordinator Sandra D. Longest.
Rogers shared The Haven’s wish list with the 22 debutantes participating in the recent Holly Ball and asked them to bring donations to the various events held in her honor.
During the December 28 gala, Del. Margaret Ransone, orator for the evening, reminded the ladies and those in attendance to possess the virtues of kindness and a sense of giving on a daily basis and to put other’s needs above their own, said Longest. By choosing The Haven as her community service project, Rogers shared this sense of giving with the debutantes.
“It is truly admirable to establish this opportunity for these ladies to give back to their community,” said Longest.
As future debutantes continue the tradition of choosing local philanthropic organizations to support, they will fulfill comments by Del. Ransone which included, “realizing life isn’t always about you, but rather it is about small deeds, sacrifice, and ultimately giving yourself to something that really matters.”
On December 30, Rogers and reigning 2013 Queen Hannah Rogers delivered a truck-load of much needed supplies including paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, baby wipes, bottled water and trash bags to the shelter.
“The Haven truly appreciates the generosity of Elizabeth Rogers and the 2013 debutantes,” said Longest. “These items are needed daily and enable The Haven to provide much needed services within our community.”
Elizabeth Rogers of Reedville is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Neale Rogers. She attends Longwood University.
Hannah Rogers of Reedville is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Ray Rogers III. She attends Randolph Macon College.
The Holly Ball is the fundraising arm of The Tidewater Foundation. Proceeds from the Holly Ball are dispersed by the Tidewater Foundation to many charitable organizations supporting education and youth in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.