By Lanier Laney
The 23rd annual Brays Island Croquet Tournament saw another successful year, raising more than $95,000 for AMIkids Beaufort during the event Saturday, May 10, that featured a picnic-like atmosphere with food, drink, a silent auction, and of course, croquet.
The money will be used to refurbish a laundry area and provide other much needed updates to the residential facility in Dale, formerly the Beaufort Marine Institute. The AMIkids program serves only male teens ages 13-17 convicted of non-violent offenses from throughout the state. Students work toward their high school equivalency diplomas, and the program also offers numerous hands-on educational opportunities, treatment and behavior modification. While at AMIkids Beaufort, the students focus on education, counseling and behavioral services designed to empower decision-making that will ultimately shape their future. They learn to reestablish core values, life skills and vocational skills; tools to help as they return to the local community and the workforce. The structured, family environment at the facility has led to a 77 percent success, and the organization was recently recognized by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for its achievements.
A “Captain’s Party” for all participants was held the night before the tournament, Friday, May 9 at the historic Marshlands home of Brantley Harvey Jr. in Beaufort’s Old Point neighborhood downtown. Kudos to Dr. Mike Harris and Mike Ingram for organizing another productive and entertaining event. Here are some pics for you.