Note: Historian Demion Clinco's History Moments do not represent the views or opinions of Arizona Public Media or Arizona Illustrated.

One of Tucson's most popular social galas has been around since the 1950s, and it's changed quite a bit since then.

Demion Clinco, president of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, says the Silver and Turquoise Ball began as a simple dinner to thank community members who were committed to preserving the city's heritage.

Over the decades, however, the event took on a life of its own and began to expand.

"A board of fifty hostesses presents this grand event at the Arizona Inn, still featuring a gourmet dinner, two dance bands and, of course, stunning silver and turquoise," Clinco says.

The ball once raised funds for the Tucson Festival Society, but nearly 20 years ago it adopted a new mission.

"In 1993, the Silver and Turquoise Board of Hostesses formed a non profit organization to distinguish themselves from the Tucson Festival Society," Clinco says. "They decided to give the proceeds from the ball to the ongoing restoration efforts at Mission San Xavier del Bac."

This year's Silver and Turquoise Ball will be held Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 6 p.m. in the Arizona Inn at 2200 E. Elm Street in Tucson. For more information, contact Amy Draper at (520) 298-1323.