A Grand Time at the Top Hat Ball


Each year, Porter Pipe team members put on their Sunday best and eat, drink and dance the night away for a good cause at the Marklund Top Hat Ball. While this event is always a staple of the spring season for Porter Pipe, 2019 was one for the books. Our very own Chief Operating Officer, Nick Porter, took on the role of Master of Ceremonies—and did an amazing job of it.

The Top Hat Ball rolled out a Havana Nights theme and raised a record amount of $790,000 this year. We couldn’t be prouder to have been represented at the event by 30 of our Porter Pipe team members and their significant others, including our CEO, Jim Porter, and President, Bud Porter. It’s no secret that we value giving back to our community, and the Top Hat Ball has always helped support that mission.



The event is hosted by Marklund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making everyday life possible for people of all ages living with profound developmental disabilities and healthcare needs. And for 23 years, the Top Hat Ball has helped make that mission a reality.

Thank you to everyone in the Porter Pipe family for supporting this cause and demonstrating our values in action. We’re already looking forward to next year’s Top Hat Ball, a Vintage Circus Under the Big Top.


All photos credited to Chris Guillen Photography.