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Beaufort Memorial’s Valentine Ball Celebrates the Golden Age of Hollywood

Posted by Living Well Team on Jan 11, 2016 12:50:54 PM

The Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 27th annual Valentine Ball promises to be an evening of elegance fit for the silver screen.

All proceeds from the 2016 Valentine Ball will go towards the renovation and expansion of the Collins Birthing Center, named for Beaufort’s first and much-admired obstetrician, Dr. Earnest S. Collins, who passed away in 2002.


The ball takes place on Saturday, February 6 at 9 p.m., but guests who R.S.V.P by tomorrow, January 12 will be invited to attend a privately hosted pre-ball dinner party. These parties have been the hallmark feature of the Valentine Ball since its inception 27 years ago.  Each guest who purchases a ticket to the Ball is personally invited to attend a pre-ball cocktail hour and dinner party held in some of Beaufort’s loveliest homes and historic venues. The dinner parties are hosted by volunteers who create unique and wonderful experiences all their own. Guests are randomly assigned to the dinner parties, bringing people together from all ages and diverse backgrounds to delight in old connections and new friends. After dinner, guests will move on to the ball for an evening of dancing, silent auctions and tiers of elaborate desserts. 

Guests had a wonderful time last year at the home of Dr. Daniel C. Ripley. 

Always supportive of the Foundation’s efforts, the Collins family has pitched in full-steam this year to help raise funds for this project. For the first time in Valentine Ball history, three generations of one family will co-host a pre-ball dinner party as Sue, Brad and Cindy, and Allison and Ben team up to prepare what is sure to be a lovely evening. Not to be outdone, Alan is co-hosting the first-ever pre-ball dinner party for singles (and pairs of singles) of all ages.

“The dinner parties are all about connections and coincidences,” explains Mary Lou Cullen, 2016 Valentine Ball co-chair. “They’re always tremendous fun and a great way to meet new people!” Cullen and her husband, Robert, have joined forces with Dr. Luke Baxley, Jr. and his wife, Geneva, to co-chair this exciting event.

We hope to see you there!

Tickets to the 27th Annual Valentine Ball on Saturday, February 6 start at $150 per person (including the pre-ball dinner party), and include several levels of contributions. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call (843) 522-5774.12510233_924867084217209_1996252666891766300_n-341789-edited.png


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