Faces of Change

The No-Show Ball: an Exciting Fall Tradition

007NoShowBallThe 6th No-Show Ball has gone down in history as another record-breaker. This fundraising event – which brings tote-bags of tasty food and drink to the doorsteps of supporters – this year broke all past records in terms of numbers of totes sold.

The 2013 event, held on November 3, resulted in the sale of 504 totes (compared to 482 last year) by its sponsoring organization, the UAB School of Nursing's Junior Board of Visitors (JBOV). This year marked the second-in-a-row block-buster No-Show Ball event forthe JBOV.

Committed to raising funds for UAB scholarships in pediatric nursing, the JBOV last year and this year has been focused on funding a scholarship in memory of brother-and-sister twin infants – the Seth Houston McCoin, Jr., and Elizabeth Morgan Endowed Scholarship in Pediatric Nursing.


Board Member Profile: Kate Hamilton and Sidney Clapp

Wood sistersWhen the Junior Board of Visitors (JBOV) leadership gavel is passed in January, for the first time the Chair position will be shared by two JBOV members. Succeeding the third Chair, Ashelynn Falkenburg Smith, will be Co-Chairs Kate Wood Hamilton and Sidney Wood Clapp.

Kate and Sidney are sisters, accustomed to tackling projects together since childhood. They have remained close, within a close-knit family, their lives intersecting in special ways.

Today both Kate and Sidney are married, with chil­dren. They live only a few houses apart in Mountain Brook's Crestline section. Their husbands, Ford Hamilton and Mar­tin Clapp, have been friends since college. Ford and Martin both work in the family business, Wood Fruitticher – Ford in purchasing, Martin in information technology. Sidney and Martin first met at Kate and Ford's wedding.


Board Member Profile: Melinda Helveston

Melinda Helveston-84-RecoveredAs Melinda Helveston serves her community, she goes about it in a variety of ways.

One of the organizations to which she lends a helping hand is The Foundry, a local rescue and recovery center for men and women suffering from addiction and often homelessness. Melinda personally mentors some women served by The Foundry.

Another of Melinda's focuses is being a board mem­ber of Cornerstone, which tackles poverty through quality education and faith-based character building.

In her home city of Vestavia Hills, her interests include her church, Vestavia Hills United Methodist, and Vestavia Hills Garden Club.