Celebrating 40 Years: The Annual Lucy Jordan Ball Honors its Namesake

During the drawing for prize winners at the 2008 Lucy Jordan Ball, Jordan’s name was drawn, much to her amusement.  During the drawing for prize winners at the 2008 Lucy Jordan Ball, Jordan’s name was drawn, much to her amusement. The DCH Foundation

Only a few months ago, Tuscaloosa lost one of its most influential members of its community. Lucy Jordan’s impact was so widespread, even many who didn’t know her have been impacted by her kindness and dedication. For those who did, her giving heart and faithful service to everyone in need earned her the nickname “Mama Lucy.”

“You know, the main thing that I felt was evident the day of her funeral was that everyone there felt loved by Lucy,” said Casey Johnson, the Director of Development for the DCH Foundation. “Dr. Cathy Randall gave Lucy’s eulogy, and so eloquently began with, ‘I loved Lucy, and Lucy loved me.’ I bet everyone in the room felt the exact same way. We all loved Lucy, and knew she loved us.”

Since 1971, Jordan worked as a representative of DCH to involve the community and promote volunteerism. Only two years later, she created the DCH Foundation – which has since raised millions of dollars for the DCH Health System.

The DCH Foundation holds many events throughout the year to contribute to projects that provide patients with the best possible care in West Alabama. The Foundation's signature event is an annual fundraising gala, which was renamed “The Lucy Jordan Ball” in 2007 to honor the its creator.

In 2007, the DCH Foundation Ball was renamed The Lucy Jordan Ball. Jordan, (center), is shown here with her family, including (L to R) her son-in-law, Travis Ford, daughter, Mitzi Ford, daughter-in-law, Shelley Jordan, and her son, Michael Jordan.

This year’s upcoming Lucy Jordan Ball will not only be the 40th annual gala, but it will also be the first since the passing of its beloved namesake. For everyone involved, it will be an incredibly special night to honor Lucy Jordan’s heart for the community and the work she has done. 

Jordan, who officially retired from her role at the DCH Foundation in 1993, continued to volunteer and be a large part of its success until her death at age 97 in August. Over the years, she also volunteered at the Tuscaloosa Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center and Hale Memorial Hospital – a tuberculosis treatment facility that later became DCH’s long-term rehabilitation center. 

Additionally, Jordan was actively involved in Alabama Girls State, a youth leadership program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. She became a mentor to many influential Alabama women, including current Governor Kay Ivey.

“I am deeply saddened by the death of my dear friend, Lucy Jordan, who was one of my earliest mentors,” said Ivey in a statement after Jordan’s death. “I am grateful for Lucy’s influence, leadership, and dedication to Alabama Girls State in teaching young women how to be effective citizen leaders. All of us who had the privilege of knowing Lucy will certainly miss her.”

The Lucy Jordan Ball will continue for years to come as an embodiment of Jordan’s spirit and a reminder of her dedication to making Tuscaloosa a better place for everyone who lives here. 

The 40th annual Lucy Jordan Ball will take place on November 17 at 6 p.m. This year’s event, themed "Moonlight Serenade," will be chaired by Mrs. Lewis Fitts, Mrs. Edward Hubbard, and Mrs. David Pass. The gala will be held at NorthRiver Yacht Club. For more information, please call The DCH Foundation at (205)759-7349. 


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