We are quickly approaching a sell out!

Please call the office for tickets at (662) 449-5002 and mark your calendar for January 18, 2020!

This 20th annual gala will bring together 1,000+ community leaders for a magical evening of fun and friends to benefit more than 700 nonprofits through the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. In addition to dinner, dancing, music (to be announced) and auctions, the gala will honor local Community Stars and our Star of Hope (to be announced).

Perspective on the Past | A Foundation for the Future

We’re Putting on a Modern Ritz!!

Contact the Community Foundation at (662) 449-5002 or alabama@cfnm.org for more information!

Community Stars

The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi is now accepting nomination for the 2019 Community Stars. The purpose of the award is to honor individuals and organizations who have demonstrated philanthropic leaderships, volunteerism, and activation/impact in their community or in Northwest Mississippi.

Past Community Star Recipients

Application for Nominations

The categories include:

  1. The Dan Maddox Man of the Year
  2. The Margaret Maddox Woman of the Year
  3. Business of the Year, and
  4. Nonprofit of the Year

Overall, to be considered for a Community Star Award, it is necessary that nominators show evidence that the nominee has taken a leadership role in an initiative or project that lead to the betterment of their community through their time, talent, or charitable donations.

To submit a nomination for the Community Stars Award, please fill out the application online OR submit them to:< Alabama Lore - alabama@cfnm.org
(Fax) 662-449-5006 or mail to 315 Losher Street, Suite 100, Hernando, MS 38632

Nomination Instructions

  • Nominations will be accepted through October 30, 2019.
  • Nominations can be submitted by individuals, companies, organizations, and educational institutions.
  • All nominations must show examples of philanthropic leadership, volunteerism, and/or activation/impact in their community or in Northwest Mississippi.
  • Nominees must live in one of the 11 counties served by the Community Foundation: Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Tunica.
  • Nominators may nominate as many eligible candidates as they would like, but they must submit a separate nomination form for each candidate.
  • All nomination forms and materials must be submitted by 5:00 pm CST on October 30, 2019 to be eligible for an award.
  • The Community Star winners will have access to the nomination form that was submitted on their behalf for clarification and verification of the information. The nominator may remain anonymous if desired.
  • The Community Star winners will be chosen by a selection committee. This committee is responsible for ensuring that the Community Star winners have been chosen based on the criteria mentioned above.
  • Community Star winners will have the opportunity to record a special 30-second video regarding why they were nominated and about their community impact. This video will be played in front of 1,000+ people at the January 19, 2019 Crystal Ball Gala.
  • Each Community Star winner and a guest will be invited to attend the Crystal Ball Gala at no cost.

2020 Crystal Ball Sponsors

Thank you to all of the sponsors of the 20th annual Crystal Ball! The Crystal Ball is the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi’s primary fundraiser. Your investment in the Community Foundation helps support over 800 charities and enhances the quality of life in Northwest Mississippi.


On behalf of the Community Foundation, we would like to invite you and your business to support us and help our community by becoming an Auction Donor.

As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Community Foundation has granted over $22 million to more than 700 charitable organizations and causes. It is the Community Foundation’s mission to tackle our region’s important needs including education, health and our young people.

As an Auction Donor, you will make a contribution to a worthy cause and you will benefit from the exposure of your company’s name to more than 1,000 gala attendees. The items you donate will be on display during the event along with recognition of your company’s name and logo. You will need to contact your tax advisor for specific information concerning your tax deduction.

If you are interested in donating an item for our Auction, simply complete the agreement (below) and either fax to 662-449-5006, or mail to the Community Foundation at 315 Losher Street, Suite 100, Hernando, Mississippi 38632 to the attention of the AUCTION COMMITTEE.

Donation Letter 2020 CB-Vol sig_

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