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BIG HAT TIME IS RETURNING WITH NEW DANVILLE’S SPRING THING

“To hat or not to hat,” Spring Thing chair Odette Agostino said, “is up to whatever makes you happy!” Coming off chairing New Danville’s successful first-ever golf tournament, Odette now chairs the return of the fundraising festivity for New Danville that was formerly known as Tea on the Lawn.  It was recognized for the opportunity for attendees to wear big, festive, spring hats.

The past two annual luncheon events had to be cancelled because of the pandemic, according to New Danville CEO Eva Aguirre. “The cancellations created a hit to our budget, and to our relationship building.  The event had grown so much over the years that we had to move it from our site in Willis to a larger facility. We can’t wait to get together with long-standing and new friends in the unique style and presentation that our event was known for. We know that it can’t be too early to get the word out. The anticipation for the event’s return has been great.”

Odette, also a New Danville board member, said that Troy Ball has again agreed to be the keynote speaker. Originally scheduled for the events that were cancelled, Troy will share her story of life and resilience while raising two children with special needs, and also starting a distillery in North Carolina. She has attracted audiences around the country and her story is detailed in her book Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit and Whiskey.

Spring Thing will be held on April 22, 2022 at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center.

New Danville is a nonprofit rural community in Willis for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

For more information:
Dion McInnis:  Dion.McInnis@NewDanville.org; 936-253-5757

“I decided to learn how to make moonshine. I liked the authenticity of it, the fact that it was America’s original spirit, and it filled a niche.”

A Vanderbilt grad, former national equestrian champion, and the mother of three sons including two with special needs—Troy Ball and her business partner husband, Charlie, opened Troy & Sons Distillers in Asheville, North Carolina, making what some old-time shiners call “real good boot.”

Born and raised in Texas, she and her husband left their native home for Asheville, North Carolina, because the climate was better for the health of her two special needs sons. In her new home, this dynamic mom found something she never expected: time for herself. Little did she know she would become the first woman to build a whiskey distillery since Prohibition.

Her story of grace and grit is an inspiration. Her work with her eldest son, Marshall, who is confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak, resulted in the publication of two books, including Kiss of God: The Wisdom of a Silent Child. She also cofounded Thoughtful House Center for Children (now named the Johnson Center) in Austin, Texas, for children with autism and other developmental disorders.

Read more about Troy at Country Living

Contact Spring Thing
E-Mail spring-thing@newdanville.org
Call or Text: ‪(936) 628-9691‬