Red and White Ball

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 6:30pm
Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

About The Red and White Ball

This annual event by The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation raises funds to support the BioBridge Global family, which includes The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, QualTex Laboratories, and GenCureClick here to see photos from our 2015 event.

Our benefiting programs

The proceeds from this event will benefit two programs of the GenCure Cellular Therapy Center:
Donor Commitment and Education 
This GenCure Marrow Donor Program initiative is designed to increase bone marrow donor availability in Central and South Texas.  Nationally, 50 percent of registered donors will follow through when contacted as a possible match for a patient.  Sadly, less than 40 percent of donors in our local community will commit to a donation, often leading to tragic results.  From the first cheek swab at registration to the donation bed, we are committed to helping donors fully understand the importance of what they have committed to and how they can save a life.  Want to learn more about the GenCure Marrow Donor program? Visit their webpage or see our recruitment teams in action on Instagram or Facebook.
Advanced Apheresis Therapy
The Cellular Therapy Center will be required to upgrade its four apheresis collection instruments to a newer technology called the Spectra Optia Apheresis System. The process of apheresis involves the removal of whole blood from the patient or donor and then separating out components of whole blood, such as peripheral stem cells.  This is an essential procedure in treating children and adults with cancer.
What does your support mean to our GenCure patients? Read their stories to find out more:

Event Details

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Location: Marriot Rivercenter, 101 Bowie St, San Antonio, TX 78205  Click here for directions
Ball Co-Chairs: David and Cindy Schneider, Kyra and Carl Bush 
Chairman Award recipient: Margie and Sam O'Krent
About our Emcee:

KABB reporter Erin Nichols was born and raised in San Antonio.

Erin joined the Fox San Antonio news team in 2013. You can also see her fill in as anchor on Fox News at Nine, Fox News First and Fox News Midday.

In 2014 she began hosting and producing Focus on South Texas, a weekend morning talk show on Fox 29 and the CW35 on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

As a San Antonio native, Erin attended Providence High School and University of the Incarnate Word, where she graduated magna cum laude.

After graduating from UIW, Erin went on to work at Fox 4 KBTV in Beaumont as the weekend anchor, producer and eporter. While in Beaumont, she was honored by the Texas Medical Association for bringing awareness to ovarian cancer. She also was recognized by the Southeast Texas Press Club for her 

investigative and feature work.

She’s passionate about health care and medical reporting. She recently ran for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year and raised more than $20,000 for blood cancer research.

View our 2016 Red and White Ball Silent Auction and Raffle items here


Contributions and/or sponsorships are greatly appreciated. To make a financial contribution, please click the "Dance with us" button to purchase tickets/sponsorship online or download the Red and White Ball Sponsorship Form and return it to The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation via email or at 6211 IH-10 West, San Antonio, Texas 78201.

Please contact Mary Dial at (210) 249-4498 if you have any questions.

Underwriting Levels:     

  • $50,000 Distinguished Benefactor – Special recognition at the Ball; two complimentary tables in a premier location; recognition in all publications; recognition in all media coverage. 
  • $25,000 Diamond Sponsor – One complimentary table in a premier location; recognition in all publications; recognition in all media coverage. 
  • $10,000 Platinum Sponsor – Four complimentary seats in a premier location; recognition in all publications.
  • $  5,000 Gold Sponsor – Two complimentary seats in a premier location; recognition in all publications.
  • $  3,000 Silver Sponsor – Two complimentary seats in a premier location; recognition in all publications.

Table Sales (10 seats/table):        

  • $10,000 Ruby – Premier seating and recognition in all publications.  Individual seats $1,000/each
  • $  5,000 Sapphire – Prime seating and recognition in all publications. Individual seats $500/each
  • $  3,000 Garnet – Preferred seating and recognition in all publications. Individual seats $300/each
  • $  2,000 Opal – Recognition in all publications. Individual seats $200/each

Chairman's Circle: A chairman’s contribution of $500 or more will receive recognition in all publications.  

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Thank you to our sponsors:

Karen Heintz
Rita and John Feik 
Margie and Bill Klesse
McCombs Family Foundation
Lori and Mark Wright
Cindy and David Schneider
Yona and Tom McNish
Sherry and Laird McNeil
Margie and Sam O'Krent
Mary and Steve Brook