About MCB

The Anchorage Mayor’s Charity Ball annually raises funds to support local 501(c)3 charitable organizations during a gala evening hosted by the Mayor. Eligible organizations apply each year and four groups are selected:

  • Two from Health & Human Services applicants
  • One from Arts applicants
  • One from All Other applicants

Charities are randomly selected to benefit from the gala event’s proceeds.

Started in 1994 by a committee of dedicated volunteers led by Robert Penney and then Mayor Rick Mystrom, the Anchorage Mayor’s Charity Ball has raised to date over $3,500,000 to support community charitable organizations. 100% of all net proceeds from the ball are distributed to the four honored charities that year.

The Anchorage Mayor’s Charity Ball is led by a seven-member board of directors who oversee an extensive volunteer event committee which plans all aspects of the gala evenings activities. Traditionally, the activities include dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, and miscellaneous other fun fund-raising efforts.

The event has sold out every year, attracts guests from all parts of the community, and is proud that its success through the years has transcended political lines, because it is about helping others and making a difference in Anchorage.

Message from the Mayor

For 25 years, Anchorage has combined good works with good times – and it gives special pleasure to thank you for joining us tonight at this milestone 25th Anniversary of the Mayor’s Charity Ball.

Every year, the Mayor’s Charity Ball event spotlights organizations that improve our community. Those organizations touch all neighborhoods, across the many aspects that contribute to making Anchorage a great place to live. They help us realize the promise of Anchorage as a welcoming, inclusive and strong community. Your participation adds to our ability to achieve that promise.

Alaskans have raised more than 3.5 million dollars to support the efforts of community organizations since the first ball in 1994. This year’s beneficiaries are the Camp Fire Alaska, The Food Bank of Alaska, Alaska Youth Orchestras and Parachutes. Each of these organizations enriches Anchorage in vital ways.

Mara and I know how fortunate we are to live and raise our family in this incredible city. We are grateful for your support of this year’s beneficiaries and participation in this festive tradition. We also express our gratitude to the Charity Ball committee members who contribute so much creating this fantastic evening. Their 25 years of dedication, ingenuity, and commitment make this event all the more remarkable.

With warmest regards,


The Committee


Grace Greene
MJ Thim


Julianne Wilson

Charity Liaisons

Juna Penney
Evan Hall

Charity Selection

Henry Penney

Check In

Stephanie Plieness
Kailee Wallis

Dena’ina Liaison

Phyllis Rice

Event Planning / Décor

Michael Zoske
Connie Soltis

Live Auction

Henry Penney
MJ Thim

Marketing & Social Media

Kate Slyker
Amanda Prasil

Website Producer

Natalie Osborne


Stephanie Plieness
Kailee Wallis

Silent Auction

Dan Newman
Brad Erickson
Melanie Leydon


Mark McGarry


Kristin George

To serve or volunteer on the committee,
please contact Kristin George at absolutelykristin@gmail.com

Other Members

Dee Dee O’Brien

The Board

Henry Penney, Chairman
Laura Edmondson, Treasurer
Nancy Harbour, Secretary
Charlotte Tharp
Evan Hall
Larry Cash
Mary Stallone
Mara Kimmel, ex-officio
Grace Greene, ex-officio
MJ Thim, ex-officio

Bob Penney, Honorary Chair

Past Mayor’s Charity Balls

  • 2017 – $227,430

    Anchorage Opera Company
    Four Valleys Community School
    Girdwood Health Clinic
    Lutheran Social Services of Alaska

  • 2016 – $166,748

    Beacon Hill
    Chugiak Youth Sports Association
    Anchorage International Film Festival
    Challenge Alaska
  • 2015 – $193,704

    Anchorage Community Theatre
    Anchorage’s Promise
    Cook Inlet Soccer Club
  • 2014 – $248,099

    Anchorage Concert Chorus
    Covenant House
    The Dome
  • 2013 – $207,001

    Alaska Dance Theatre
    Alaska Injury Prevention Center
    Alaska Winter Olympians Fund
    Downtown Soup Kitchen

  • 2012 – $185,067

    Anchorage Concert Association
    Lutheran Social Services of Alaska
    Nine Star Education
    The Rainbow Connection: Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center

  • 2011 – $229,700

    American Diabetes Association
    Anchorage Citizens Coalition
    Program for Infants and Children
    The Music Machine

  • 2010 – $208,294

    Alaska Children’s Services
    Alaska Junior Theater
    American Red Cross of Alaska
    Green Star

  • 2009 – $195,135

    Alaska Conservation Alliance
    Alaska Health Fair, Inc.
    Alaska Design Forum
    Habitat for Humanity – Anchorage

  • 2008 – $251,857

    Alaska Dance Theatre
    Camp Fire USA Alaska Chapter
    Special Olympics Alaska

  • 2007 – $205,790

    Alaska Museum of Natural History
    Alaska Theatre of Youth
    Alaska Youth & Family Network
    Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska

  • 2006 – $189,462

    Anchorage Opera
    Blood Bank of Alaska
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Southcentral Alaska
    Stone Soup Group

  • 2005 – $149,202

    Anchorage Symphony Orchestra
    EagleCrest Academy
    Habitat for Humanity – Anchorage
    Lutheran Social Services

  • 2004 – $138,000

    Alaska Children’s Services
    Anchorage Concert Association
    Catholic Social Services – Beyond Shelter Program
    Great Land Trust, Inc.

  • 2003 – $122,000

    Anchorage Concert Chorus
    Covenant House
    The Imaginarium, Inc.
    Planned Parenthood of Alaska

  • 2002 – $107,000

    Alaska Injury Prevention Center
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Anchorage, Inc.
    Easter Seals of Alaska
    Friend of Pets

  • 2001 – $80,000

    (Plus $5,000 to NY Firefighters)
    Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska
    American Diabetes Association
    Girl Scouts Susitna Council
    The Music Machine

  • 2000 – $130,000

    Anchorage Armed Services YMCA
    Anchorage Bridge Builders
    Lutheran Social Services
    Program for Infants & Children

  • 1999 – $120,000

    Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
    American Lung Association
    Hospice of Anchorage
    Respite Services, CSS

  • 1998 – $100,000

    ASSETS, Inc.
    Standing Together Against Rape
    Pregnancy Support Services
    Alaska Museum of Natural History

  • 1997 – $33,625

    Anchorage Center for Families
    Black Arts North
    Challenge Alaska
    Salvation Army – McKinnell Emergency Shelter

  • 1996 – $41,842

    Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    Catholic Social Services
    Northstar Skate Club

  • 1995 – $13,626

    Anchorage Youth Symphony
    Standing Together Against Rape

  • 1994 – $13,615

    Bean’s Cafe
    Food Bank of Alaska
    Lutheran Social Services

Contact Us

For any questions regarding the Anchorage Mayor’s Charity Ball, please contact hello@mayorscharity.org