The Silicon Valley Charity Ball was founded by Gerry Beemiller and friends back in 1986 when Silicon Valley was just beginning its growth period and the semiconductor industry was the dominant force in the Valley. As many in the semiconductor industry faired well, Gerry and friends wanted to give back to the community by throwing a party to raise money for local charities. Their idea was to put on a black tie ball with a fun theme to give Silicon Valleyites a chance to party while doing good for the community.
The first ball was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center and was such a success that they decided to continue the ball as an annual event. The Silicon Valley Charity Ball Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization was formed to legitimize the organization and the ball flourished as Silicon Valley grew.
The ball followed the ups and downs of the local economy and was “the event” of the year as it was the “place to be seen” for many.