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Croquet Picnic for AMIkids Beaufort
May 6 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
He earned his high school diploma and all the available certifications in welding and returned home with a job.
It’s for troubled young men like Derius that Brays Island and the AMIkids Beaufort board of directors host an annual croquet picnic. The day-long event scheduled for May 6 raises money to support the locally-governed Dale residential program.
Among the immediate needs are finishing a vocational training center and pushing for enhanced education and behavioral programs.
“We have a fantastic event and we raise money for a great cause, helping young men earn a second chance,” board chairman Jimmy Boozer said. “We’ve been doing this croquet fundraiser now for 26 years, and it’s truly a reflection of our whole community, and especially Brays Island, that we are as successful as we are.”
Brays Island and its owners donate the golf course practice range tee in which eight 30-by-40-foot croquet courts are groomed for the event, Boozer said.
AMIkids Beaufort provides numerous hands-on educational opportunities, treatment and behavior modification. It also partners with community service projects throughout Beaufort County.
Male teens convicted of crimes can be assigned to AMIkids through the Department of Juvenile Justice. Students work toward their high school equivalency diplomas.
For the past five years, the young men have been able to earn welding and food preparation certifications to help them with job skills.
The picnic will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brays Island off U.S. 17 in Sheldon, about 15 miles west of Beaufort. A “Captain’s Party” for all participants will be held May 5 at the historic Marshlands home of Brantley Harvey Jr. in Beaufort.
Teams of four to eight are encouraged to enter the croquet tournament, co-organizer Dr. Mike Harris said. In recent years, teams from Sun City, Spring Island, Dataw Island and Brays Island have competed in support of AMIkids.
“We have a lot of fun with the croquet and it ranges from serious players to people just out for a fun day for a good cause,” Harris said. “This event is more of a picnic than a tournament. You definitely don’t have to be good at croquet to have a great time at this event.”
A silent auction will help raise money for the program, formerly known as Beaufort Marine Institute. Items created by AMIkids Beaufort welding students will be included in the auction.
For more information or to sign up a croquet team, call Harris at 843-524-3770 or Mike Ingram at 843-846-3149. To learn more about AMIkids Beaufort, go to www.amikidsbeaufort.org.