It's VISTE's biggest fundraiser, The VISTE Ball and one volunteer is being crowned queen of the ball

Virginia Cooke started her day off helping string together decorations. "It makes me feel good that I'm helping other people and I enjoy it," Cooke said.


The decorations will help transform a hanger at Tiger Town in Lakeland into a magical ballroom for the Visitors in Service to the Elderly or VISTE's biggest fundraiser, "The VISTE Ball." "It's just a lot of fun and we do all kinds of things," said Cooke.

Cooke became a volunteer 13 years ago. Getting the idea during a ride to the doctor from another VISTE volunteer. "She said, 'What do you do all day?' I said, 'Well I find something to do.' She said, 'Well why don't you come over with me and work at VISTE,' so I did and been there ever since," Cooke said. 

While helping with decorations Virginia couldn't help but brag to others about how VISTE helps the elderly. "They take them to doctors, they deliver, and then they have people that come in to pick-up, and they have women that come in and call people on the phone to see how they're doing and little things like that," she said.


Now after years of volunteering, it's VISTE's turn to say thank you. By crowning Virginia, a young 82-year-old saint, Queen of the Ball.


To find out more how VISTE helps the elderly and how you can make donations you can visit their website at There you can also purchase tickets to the VISTE Ball for $60.


The ball will take place in hanger 2 at Tiger Town in Lakeland Saturday night starting at 6 p.m.

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