Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry Inaugural “A Lowcountry Christmas Beaufort Gala 2010” Mentioned in December’s Southern Living as an Event to Attend this Season

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry presents its inaugural holiday Gala to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Beaufort Area. December’s Southern Living magazine mentions the Gala as an event to attend this season in the Beaufort area.
“Celebrating the spirit of the holidays and children go hand-in-hand,” Doug Barry, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, said. “What a perfect way to celebrate both as we kick-off the holiday season with a venue to celebrate the best a coastal holiday has to offer.”
“A Lowcountry Christmas Beaufort Gala 2010” will capture the essence of the holidays as guests immerse their five senses into celebrating what it means to experience a Lowcountry holiday. The Gala will be held December 11th at The Beaufort Inn (809 Port Republic Street, Beaufort), located in the middle of the downtown historic district. Starting at 6 p.m., guests will follow a candle-lit pathway of red lanterns to the Inn’s courtyard and Tabby Gardens as they enjoy hors d’oeuvres that capture the spirit and the natural resources of the sea.
The award-winning Southern Graces Catering will present a menu that includes She-crab cappuccino, fried green tomato canapés and southern shrimp sushi along with its signature holiday beverage, the Sugar Plum Visions cocktail, during the first hour of the Gala.
Guests will proceed to the “Holiday Bliss” food stations presenting roasted artichoke dip, prime rib crostini, fig and goat cheese flatbread and Riesling shrimp atop roasted corn cakes.
The gala is designed so guests can celebrate as well as prepare for the holidays. Several silent and live auction items are handpicked with holiday shopping in mind.
As guest mingle and meander among the auction items and food stations, Buddy Kosic and the Lowcountry Jazz Band will provide the background tempo.
Later in the evening, a cigar roller and scotch/brandy bar will be available under the white lights of the courtyard.

“A Lowcountry Christmas Beaufort Gala 2010” will also honor Joseph and Delinda Mix as honorary chairmen. Joe Mix is known as being the “founding father” of the local Boys & Girls Club movement. He was the principal fundraiser and coalition builder for establishing the first club in Beaufort. Joe has continued fundraising for the Clubs for the past 25 years. Mix opened and operated Island Outfitters on Lady’s Island for more than 20 years. He and his wife, “Lin” have lived in Beaufort since 1976. Joe and Lin have three children and nine grandchildren.
Tickets are $125 a person, $250 a couple. The Gala will also offer “A Lowcountry Christmas Special” of $375 which includes (2) tickets to the gala, a room at The Beaufort Inn, midnight snacks and complimentary breakfast. Rooms are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attendees can register on-line at http://www.bgclowcountry.org.
For more information, please contact Liz Vallino, director of special events and sponsorships for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, at (843) 575-5430. Sponsorships are still available for the event.
The Gala will benefit the Beaufort Area Clubs, which include the Beaufort Club, the Beaufort Teen Center and the Sheldon Club. All three clubs are a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry organization. The organization also represents the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Jasper County.
The motto for all Boys & Girls Clubs in the nation is “Great Futures Start Here.” This motto represents the clubs’ multi-faceted programs, which encourages their club members to excel in academics, athletics, artistic expressions, civic leadership and goal setting.

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