This is one of the biggest fundraisers in the Delta and it will take place in less than a month.

The Crystal Ball is slated for release Jan. 15 at the Southaven Arena, and this black-tie event will honor deserving citizens of Mississippi. The Crystal Ball is a fundraiser for the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.

The evening will feature a fabulous dinner, live and silent music, dancing and auctions, all around a fun and colorful theme: A Night in Havana. Through this annual fundraiser, the Community Foundation has awarded grants to more than 850 charities totaling $ 33 million since 2002.

Dozens of volunteers, led by this year’s event co-chairs Michael and

Elizabeth Bellipanni, get ready to make the gala a fun night out.

This year’s event will honor Mississippi natives, University of Mississippi graduates and HGTV hometown stars Erin and Ben Napier as Stars of Hope.

“Just being able to come together and celebrate in person is special after the hardships we’ve all been through since our last live event in January 2020,” said Michael Bellipanni. “We are also delighted to honor such great champions from Mississippi with the Star of Hope Award.

“Erin and Ben so deserve this award for their work in bringing out the beauty and positive light of our great state,” he added. “The Crystal Ball is a great endeavor, and it could not be achieved without the help of dozens of Foundation volunteers and staff who care deeply about the communities we serve. ”

“The Napiers join a long list of Mississippian notables who have already been recognized as Stars of Hope,” said Colie Sanford, chairman of the board of the Community Foundation. “They join a distinguished roster that includes the North Mississippi All-Stars and Blind Mississippi Morris, Morgan Freeman, Senator Thad Cochran, Sam and Mary Donnelly Haskell, BB King, Governor and Mrs. William Winter, Mary Ellen Stribiling Bouldin, MD, Archie and Olivia Manning, Bob Pittman, Marty Stuart, Bradford Cobb, Richard Grant, Sela Ward, Jesse Holland, Wade and Jimmy Creekmore, and Charley Pride.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Crystal Ball 2022, please visit our website at for more information. To register and become a volunteer for Crystal Ball 2022, please visit the Maddox Volunteer Center at