YMCA Beach Ball Fundraiser set for Jan. 19

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The Wardle Family YMCA will hold the Beaufort Beach Ball Fundraiser and Auction presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch on Jan. 19 at the Walsh Palmetto Room at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Lady’s Island. 

YMCA staff (l to r) Kaylin Garst, Lou Bergen and Jannie Cuevas are ready for the Beaufort Beach Ball Fundraiser & Auction with Deas Guyz! The beach-themed fundraiser is Saturday, Jan. 19 from 6-11 pm at the Walsh Palmetto Room (St. Peter’s Catholic Church). Photo provided.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for music and dancing with Deas Guyz, a silent auction, golf cart raffle, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a full tiki bar. 

Event tickets are $65 each or $120 per couple in advance and $75 each at the door. They can be purchased at the YMCA in Port Royal (1801 Richmond Avenue) or online at beaufort-jasperymca.org. This year’s golf cart raffle was supplied by Sutcliffe Golf Cars and is a 2009 Yamaha model with head lights, flip back seat, new tires and batteries and comes in cheerful yellow. Golf cart raffle tickets are on sale now at the Y and at the event for $25 each and  five for $100. The winner will be chosen at the Beaufort Beach Ball, but you do not need to be present to win. 

The Beaufort Beach Ball volunteer committee has been working for over a year to throw the biggest beach bash yet. This year’s silent auction includes many wonderful items, from a complete 3-ton HVAC system to a trip to the California wine country, as well as restaurant and spa gift certificates, a custom-crafted live edge walnut coffee table, sports equipment, airline tickets, Walt Disney World Park Hopper tickets, artwork and more. The online silent auction will open for preview Jan. 4 and online bidding will open Jan. 14. Bidding will close at 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 and winning bidders can pick up their items during the Beaufort Beach Ball or at the Y in Port Royal on Monday, Jan. 21, starting at 11 a.m.

This event is the only capital fundraiser for the Wardle Family Y and all proceeds will go toward a video surveillance system upgrade for the Wardle Family YMCA.

“The safety of our members is a primary focus for the Y and this upgrade will provide security for everyone using the Y and especially for our children that attend Discovery Kids Preschool, summer camp and afterschool programs,” YMCA Executive Branch Director Kaylin Garst said. “Our facility must be safe, efficient and aesthetically pleasing or we cannot effectively run our programs.”

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