This February, there are going to be some exciting new changes to the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Valentine Ball. Not only is there a brand-new venue at Tabby Place, in the heart of downtown, but for the very first time, the Foundation is also offering a special cocktail party the night before.
Attendees at the new Friday night “Cocktail Affair” will be able to get a first look at the always fabulous decorations and auction items while enjoying an open bar, plus a bourbon sampling and wine tasting, as well as elaborate hors d’oeuvres and live jazz from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The 2017 co-hosts of the Ball – Chris and Amy Geier, along with Dr. Andrea Hucks and Dr. Dan Ripley – all have a long history of supporting the event and the Foundation. They’re especially delighted to announce that all of the weekend’s proceeds will benefit cancer services at Beaufort Memorial.
Now in its 28th year, the Foundation’s signature event has raised a total of nearly $4.4 million for the hospital, and this year’s contribution will continue the phenomenal level of philanthropic support that has underwritten half of Keyserling Cancer Center’s capital and equipment.
“We are a community-based hospital, and I don’t know if people really understand how rare or special that is these days,” says Andrea. “The fact that our hospital can deliver excellent medical care in this environment is amazing and ties directly into community support for the Foundation. It really does come down to neighbors taking care of neighbors.”
Guests who purchase tickets to the Valentine Ball before the January 12 RSVP deadline will also be invited to attend one of the privately-hosted dinner parties just before the Ball.
“The dinner parties are such a wonderful feature of the Ball,” says Amy. “They’re a great way to make new friends and see some really beautiful houses and venues, and the food is always fabulous.”
Andrea couldn’t agree more, as she and Dan have had the most wonderful fun hosting dinner parties for over 10 years now.
“It’s so special to open our home to people who are supporting the hospital, and it’s a really great way to meet new people” she said. “Dan is a tremendous cook and we spend a year planning the menu and wine list around a theme so that it’s different every time. We couldn’t enjoy it more!”
After dinner, guests will head to Tabby Place to dance the night away at the Valentine Ball, enjoying tiers of extravagant desserts and a fabulous silent auction, which will include mobile bidding for the first time ever.
“The new venue will set just the right tone for the pure grandeur of the Ball, but with a decidedly Lowcountry feel,” Andrea says. “It’s a wonderful time to come together as a community and have a fun night out.”
Tickets to the Valentine Ball and private dinner parties start at $150 per person and include several levels of sponsorships. Tickets to the Cocktail Affair the night before start at $75 per person with a discount for those wishing to “make a weekend of it” by attending both events. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit valentineball.org or call the Foundation at (843) 522-5774.