Charity Ball Board of Greenville Announces New Members for the 2017 Rose Ball

Dedicated Volunteer Joyce Parks Honored with Lifetime Membership

24th Rose Ball Set for September 15, 2017

Greenville, S.C. – At its recent meeting, the Charity Ball Board of Greenville welcomed its new slate of members and executive leadership for the 2017 Rose Ball, which will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017, at The Poinsett Club. Long-time board member and Rose Ball volunteer Joyce Parks received a unanimous vote for Honorary Lifetime Membership on the Charity Ball Board of Greenville, the governing body of the Rose Ball.

2016-17 Charity Ball Board of Greenville

The following community leaders serve on the 2016-17 Charity Ball Board of Greenville:

Executive Committee

Mr. Charles Michael Smith, President

Mr. David Lee Beard, Vice President

Mrs. Edward Perry Heidtman, IV (Leigh), Secretary

Mr. Alan Monroe Robinson, Treasurer

Mrs. William Tap Haley (Jennifer), Rose Ball Chairman

Mrs. David Alan Wilson (Wendy), Rose Ball Vice Chairman

Mr. Brian Alan Rogers, Benefactors Committee Chairman

Mr. Charles Clark Mickel, Benefactors Committee Vice Chairman

Mrs. Don Wayne Cooley (Kimberly), Beneficiaries Committee Chairman

Mrs. Francis Douglas Pickney Evans (Pam), Beneficiaries Committee Vice Chairman

Mr. Benjamin Thomas Rook, Past President

Mrs. Rodney Leon Grandy, III (Linda), Ex-Officio Member


Board Members from the 2017 Rose Ball Committee

Mrs. Franklin Michael Selvy (Katherine), Past Rose Ball Chairman

Mrs. Mason Anderson Goldsmith, junior (Jeannette), Arrangements Chairman

Mrs. Allison Elizabeth Fox (Allison), Food and Wine

Mrs. Stephen Christopher Spinks (Allison), Decorations

Mrs. Robert Baldwin Thompson, III (Murray), Invitations Chairman

Mrs. William Vann Kastler, junior (Lesa), Invitations/Computer List

Mrs. Irving Eugene Peterson (Holly), Publicity/Social Media

Mrs. Samuel David Prince (Jamie), Publicity

Mrs. Andrew Ritchie Bullock (Mandy), Roses/Corporate

Mrs. Howard Lee Einstein (Angi), Seating Chairman


Members at Large

Mrs. Herbert Lynn Harton (Flavia)

Mr. William Heyward Pelham

Mr. Phillip Harris Peterson, junior

Mrs. Bradford Gage Weekes, IV (Cary)

Mr. Erik Bryan Whaley


Lifetime Honorary Members

Mr. Gordon Lee Cory

Mrs. Erving Arthur Dreskin (Jeanet)

Ms. Joyce Batchelor Parks

Joyce Parks Receives Lifetime Honorary Membership
By a unanimous vote among the Charity Ball Board of Directors’ Executive Committee at its September 2016 meeting, Mrs. Joyce Batchelor Parks received Lifetime Honorary Membership on the Charity Ball Board of Greenville.

According to the Constitution of the Charity Ball Board, nominees for Honorary Lifetime Membership “shall have exhibited the highest degree of dedication and service through years of continuous support for The Rose Ball.”

Joyce Parks has held a leadership role in fourteen of the last sixteen Rose Balls and has been involved in sixteen of the twenty-four Rose Balls – a full two-thirds of all Balls since the Ball originated in 1971. Below is a snapshot of Mrs. Parks’ leadership service, beginning with the 1987 Rose Ball.

1987                Entertainment Chairman

1989                Director

1993                Menu and Beverages Chairman

1995                Rose Ball Co-Chairman

1997                Rose Ball Chairman

1999                Past Rose Ball Chairman

2003                Beneficiaries Vice Chairman

2005-2015       Director

2017                Lifetime Honorary Member

“It is rare opportunity to be able to recognize someone as generous as Joyce Parks to Honorary Lifetime Membership,” said Mike Smith, President of the Charity Ball Board of Greenville. “Those who know her are not surprised in the least, as she deserves this and all praise for her personal contributions and effective leadership over these past four decades to the Board, the Rose Ball, and, equally important, to the many charities we have assisted in our community.”

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Charity Ball Board since 1987 and for being so involved with The Rose Ball,” said Joyce Parks. “I was Chairman of the Ball in 1997 and worked that year and many more with such wonderful and talented people. I am so proud of the contributions we have made to the community for so many worthwhile and deserving causes.”

About The Rose Ball
Known as “The Grandest Ball of Them All,” The Rose Ball is Greenville's longest-running charitable community event, celebrated biennially and featuring more than 4,000 roses. Since its inception in 1971, The Rose Ball has provided more than $3.3 million in funding to benefit the physical, emotional, and cultural needs of the people of Greenville. Over the past 45 years, The Rose Ball has established a reputation of being one of the most beautiful, elegant affairs in the Southeast.

The 24th Rose Ball will take place on Friday, September 15, 2017, at the Poinsett Club. For more information about or to reserve tickets for the 2017 Rose Ball, visit

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