Annual Starlight Ball returns Dec. 3 with a new name and a new vibe

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – Since 1958, the Intermediate Circle of the Child Conservation League (CCL) has hosted the Starlight Ball. In its 75th year, CCL began in 1947 by Betty Barstow, Mildred Blosser, Bette Clifford, Kate Cornwell, Blanche Nunamaker, Betty Pryor and Doris Tom as a way to support children’s projects in Athens County. For many years, the annual “Starlight Ball” supported O’Bleness Memorial Hospital, now Ohio Health O’Bleness.

This year’s event has been re-imagined as a more casual affair with food stations, cocktail/holiday festive attire, rather than formal wear, and will feature entertainment by local talent Brandon Thompson aka DJ B-Funk. With a new look comes a new name. The members of CCL are proud to announce that the event will now be known as simply, “The Starlight.”

“The new name maintains the legacy of this special event, but better describes our annual fundraiser as a fun, energetic evening for everyone,” says CCL President and longtime member Kris Cornwell.

The Starlight will be held on December 3, 2022 at 7pm in the newly renovated Southeast Ohio History Center. Proceeds from the event support CCL’s grant fund, issuing annual financial awards to local children’s charities. This fundraising effort is also supported by the group’s poinsettia sales. Members of the organization personally deliver poinsettia orders to local businesses. Over the past 10 years, CCL has awarded nearly $240,000 to local child-serving charities.

Tickets to The Starlight are available online at