Community Foundation’s 19th Annual Crystal Ball

Super Heroes:  Use Your Powers For Good

Hernando, Miss., Tickets are selling fast for the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi’s 19th annual Crystal Ball on January 19. This black-tie event is often called the “adult prom” for DeSoto County and is certainly the party of the year. This year’s theme of “Super Heroes: Use Your Powers For Good” promises an extra-fun event.

More than 1,000 guests will honor the author of the companion novel for “The Black Panther”, this year’s top-grossing movie. Jesse Holland, who first learned about the super hero from comic books at Tyson’s Drug Store in Holly Springs, will receive the Star of Hope award.

A full-size Bat Mobile is also expected along with several costumed super heroes who will welcome party-goers. Attendees can also experience what it is like to become their favorite Marvel Comic superhero like Spiderman, the Hulk or Thor through a virtual reality experience! There will be plenty of free photo opportunities.

“We are excited about this fun night for a great cause,” said Emily Johnson of Tunica, co-chair of this year’s Crystal Ball. “We hope everyone realizes that they have plenty of opportunities to use their powers for good through the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.”

The gala enables the Foundation to assist more than 700 nonprofit organizations to accomplish their charitable missions.

Online bidding will be available for great silent auction items like Viking Cooking Classes,  a stay at the Alluvian Hotel and many other fabulous items.  A live auction will spark much excitement with vacations and trips such as the iHeartRadio Music Festival and backstage passes in Las Vegas, and a trip to be on the Today Show! The popular Fifth Kind band will keep everyone dancing until midnight.  And, of course, there will be fabulous super hero food and drinks! 

Tickets for the Jan. 19 event at the Arena in Southaven are $150 per person and can be purchased at or by check to the Community Foundation, 315 Losher St., Hernando, MS  38632 or by calling 662.449.5002. 

The Community Foundation manages over 200 donor-established funds and has distributed $22.1 million to support more than 700 charitable organizations and activities recommended by its donors, as well as charitable programs established by the foundation.  Established in 2002 with a generous grant from the Maddox Foundation, the Community Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization. The Foundation serves Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Tunica counties.  A board of 19 volunteer civic leaders governs the Community Foundation.  Learn more about the Community Foundation at or call 662.449.5002.