“Denim and Diamonds” ball will benefit kids’ golf nonprofit

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The annual "Denim and Diamonds" ball features a country-western flair, all to raise funds for a charity in Brunswick County. Photo courtesy of the Brunswick Sheriff's Charitable Foundation.
The annual “Denim and Diamonds” ball features a country-western flair, all to raise funds for a charity in Brunswick County. Photos courtesy of the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation.

Sponsorships and tickets are now available for the 5th Annual Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation’s “Denim and Diamonds” Ball.

The charitable ball will take place at Stone Chimney Place in Supply from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 4. The event, themed “Denim and Diamonds,” features music by the Black Water Rhythm and Blues Band, hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, wine, beer, dancing, as well as both silent and live auctions.

This year’s proceeds will go to The First Tee of Brunswick County. The First Tee is a local non-profit organization with a mission to affect the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf, according to their website. Kids and teens between the ages of 7 and 17 can join the program regardless of skill level.

“We hope usually to raise about $20,000 or clear it,” Monique Stenquist, chairwoman for the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation, said.

Proceeds from the night’s ticket sales and sponsorships last year landed more than $19,500 for local non-profit Waves for Kids, Stenquist said. The ball averages about 300 people each year and has sold out in previous years. The chairwoman anticipates the denim=themed ball will sell out this year.

“The event has got a lot of recognition around the area…because it’s not a black-tie event, per se,” Stenquist said. “And we figured the more residents we could get who don’t have tuxedos, the better it is. It’s a little bit of a country-western style event. And you’ll see cowboy boots, ladies in cocktail dresses, ladies in jeans…it’s really different. People seem to like it.”

Each year in August, non-profit organizations in Brunswick County are asked to apply to become the recipients of the ball’s proceeds. Only applications from charities in Brunswick County are accepted. An independent review committee selects three organizations from the pool and the final selection is made by the charitable foundation’s board members, Stenquist said.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram speaking at a previous charitable ball.
Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram speaking at a previous charitable ball.

The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation was established in 2012. The foundation is dedicated to serve the people of Brunswick County by building permanent charitable capital to support programs and provide services that enhance the quality of life for all county citizens.

“We have an all-volunteer board. Sheriff [John] Ingram really wanted to do something for the residents of Brunswick County, and by picking a charity every year we can…do a little bit for everybody,” Stenquist said. “All the money has to stay in Brunswick County…so we can help the people in Brunswick County.”

Sponsorship packages are available. Tickets are on sale at $80 per person.  For more information visit the charitable foundation’s website. Information is also available by calling 910-253-0922 or via email sheriffscharity@gmail.com.