Croquet Picnic fundraiser Saturday exceeds expectations

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Photo above: Dapper dressers, Wayne Blau and Warren Parker. Photos courtesy of AMIkids Beaufort.

Saturday’s croquet picnic was AMIkids Beaufort’s primary event to raise money to help support their residential program in Dale. This year the event raised $110,000 to benefit these boys. Grand Marshal State Sen. Mike Fair, chairman of the S.C. Senate’s Corrections and Penology Committee, and who has worked closely with the AMIkids program across South Carolina, enjoyed his day at Brays Island with hundreds of croquet picnickers.

The AMIkids Beaufort program provides not only education, but numerous hands-on educational opportunities, treatment and behavior modification for young men.

AMIkids also partners with community service projects throughout Beaufort County. Male teens convicted of crimes can be assigned to AMIkids through the Department of Juvenile Justice. Students work toward their high school equivalency diplomas and also learn real-world job skills in welding and food service.

“We had a fantastic event, and we raised money for a great cause – helping young men earn a second chance,” said Jimmy Boozer, chairman of AMIkids Beaufort. “This is our 25th croquet tournament and picnic. We thank everyone who has participated over the years and we are excited for this year’s Silver Anniversary.

“We owe so much to the hospitality and wonderful people at Brays Island,” Boozer said. “Every year, Brays Island and its owners donate the practice range tee in which eight 30-by-40-foot courts are groomed to the finest playing conditions for the event.”

To learn more about AMIkids Beaufort, visit www.amikidsbeaufort.org.

Best Dressed Woman, Dr. Jill Blau (left).
Best Dressed Woman, Dr. Jill Blau (left)
Best Dressed Man, Warren Parker (right)
Best Dressed Man, Warren Parker (right