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AMIkids Beaufort thankful after croquet fundraiser

On behalf of the AMIkids Beaufort Board of Directors, I want to thank everyone who helped make our 28th Annual Croquet Picnic fundraiser a success on May 4. 

Despite having to call the event an hour early due to bad weather and lightning, we raised more than $115,000!

Many thanks to those who donated throughout the weekend and to those who participated in our silent auction, all of it helping the at-risk young men we serve at our AMIkids Beaufort program. 

We had an amazing line-up of items for auction, and among the top-sellers was a basket of National Champion Clemson clothing, a football signed by coach Dabo Swinney, four (Clemson) game tickets against Boston College and field passes – which netted us more than $6,000!

While our non-profit program is the big winner, we’d also like to congratulate Team Merrill Lynch for taking first place in the abbreviated tournament with 36 wickets; Brays Island Pheasant in second with 31; and Brays Island Dove tied with Brays Island Chukar for third place with 29 wickets.

Winning best-dressed woman was Cathy Thomas and best-dressed man was David Gardner. Our choice for the best picnic spread was the Croquet Club of Dataw Island. 

We offer a special thank you to Brays Island, which for 28 years has generously shared part of its community and its driving range for our croquet. We appreciate all our supporters and thank our entire community for decades helping us help young men separate a troubled past from a bright future. 

For more information or to make online donations or pledges to continue helping our local mission, visit www.amikidsbeaufort.org.

John Harris

Chairman, AMIkids Beaufort Board of Trustees

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