It’s the most anticipated invitation of the year—the annual Valentine Ball, the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation’s major fundraiser. In order to get those invitations out in a timely manner for the February 7 black tie gala, 26 dedicated volunteers took the day off from Christmas shopping and holiday planning in order to hand address over a thousand envelopes at the home of co-chair, Ryan Christian.
Tickets to the Valentine Ball start at $150 per person and may be purchased online by visiting www.valentineball.org or by calling (843) 522-5774. In order to be included on the guest list for one of the 50 private dinner parties that serve as the warm-up for the main event, be sure to RSVP by January 15.
The fundraiser will begin with the dinner parties, followed at 9 p.m. by the gala to be held at the Beaufort Memorial Medical & Administrative Center (BMAC) on Ribaut Road across from the main hospital campus. At the ball, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy decadent desserts and coffee, dance to live music and participate in a silent auction.
Proceeds from the 2015 event will help pay for the expansion of the Intensive Care Unit from eight to twelve beds. Other improvements will include state-of-the-art cardiac and invasive monitors, lift equipment, special ICU beds and thoughtfully designed family consultation and waiting rooms.