Get your bling on for annual Y fundraiser

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The guests had a blast at the 2014 Boots & Bling Fundraiser & Silent Auction.
The guests had a blast at the 2014 Boots & Bling Fundraiser & Silent Auction.

The 7th Annual Boots & Bling Fundraiser & Silent Auction will be held from 6-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort.

This event raises funds for the YMCA of Beaufort County capital campaign.

Boots & Bling is a Western-themed gala with a Lowcountry twist, the perfect opportunity to match jeans and boots with pearls and your best sparkly bling.

The night includes food, beverages, a silent auction, music, and new this year, a special live auction featuring Lowcountry-inspired, one-of-a-kind chandeliers just right for a screened porch, fish camp or lake cabin. The emcee and auctioneer for the evening is the incomparable Jeff Althoff, who encourages everyone to bid high and bid often.

Additionally, the popular golf cart raffle is back. This year’s golf cart is a Yamaha JN8-100924 with new flip back seat, headlights, tail lights, windshield, mirror and new Trojan batteries.

Tickets can be purchased up until and at the event, with a maximum of 400 tickets to be sold. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100, with the winning ticket drawn at Boots & Bling on Oct. 22. The winner does not need to be present to win.

Upon arrival at Boots & Bling, guests will enjoy a cocktail hour on the terrace of Tabby Place, where they can purchase golf cart raffle tickets and socialize with other Y supporters while nibbling appetizers prepared by local eateries.

Once the main doors open at 7:15 pm, guests can browse items in the silent and live auction. This year’s silent auction includes accommodations at several four-star Caribbean resorts, a stand-up paddle board, Walt Disney World tickets, decorative patio heater, youth-size recumbent bike, original works of art, rounds of golf, attraction tickets,  restaurant gift certificates and much more.

Many of the silent auction items can be previewed on the YMCA website at and on Pinterest at

There will also be a hearty, comfort-food inspired buffet and dessert available for Boots & Bling guests, perfectly suited to carb up for a night of dancing to a variety of music spun by local DJ John Fletcher and active bidding at the silent auction tables.

Food is being prepared and donated by the following local restaurants, bakers and caterers: Beaufort Bread Company, Brenna Chiavello, Cookies by Charlotte, Dockside Restaurant, Emily’s Restaurant, Fat Patties, Palmetto Vending, Plums/Saltus, Q on Bay, The Kitchen, Carolina Tavern, 10 Market: A Chef’s Kitchen, Brick’s and Boundary Street Café.

Wine and beer are included with the price of admission, but there will be a cash bar for mixed drinks.

Event tickets are $50 per person and $90 per couple and can be purchased at the Y or online at; at the YMCA at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal; and at the event.

Local businesses supporting Boots & Bling through sponsorship this year include CBC National Bank, Schiller & Hamilton Law Firm, Publix Supermarkets, Coldwell Bank Platinum Partners- Missy  Massalon, Lowcountry Insurance Services, Inc., Merrill Lynch Beaufort, Carolina Air and many more who are acknowledged on the YMCA website at

“We are blessed to be a busy YMCA with over 5,000 active members”, said Michael Bostwick, YMCA CEO.


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