Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation Announces Valentine Ball 2017 Chairmen
The Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to
announce that the 2017 Valentine Ball on Saturday, February 11th will
be co-chaired by Chris and Amy Geier along with Dr. Andrea Hucks and Dr. Dan
Both couples have been actively involved in volunteering for the
Ball since they were first stationed in the Lowcountry years ago by the
military, Chris as a JAG attorney in Savannah and Dan as a physician at the
Naval Hospital. As often happens, they quickly
fell in love with Beaufort and decided to make it their permanent home when
their military careers came to a close.
For South Carolina natives Andrea and Dan, it was a natural
choice. The couple had met in medical
school at MUSC, and though residencies and Dan’s tour in Iraq had taken them
out of state for several years, they were eager to return the first chance they
got. When Dan was stationed at Parris
Island 16 years ago, Andrea started working as an internist at Beaufort
Memorial Hospital, a job she is clearly passionate about.
“It has been the most wonderful place to practice,” she said. “I don’t know if people really understand how
rare or special a community-based hospital is these days.”
In Chris and Amy’s case, both of their fathers were in the Army
and they had moved around all their lives.
Although the transient nature of military life led to their first
meeting, they knew they wanted something different for their family. The small town feel of Beaufort appealed to
them, meaning their two small boys could grow up with friends they had known since
preschool. When Chris returned from his
tour in Iraq, he transitioned into civilian practice and, like Andrea, Amy
began working for Beaufort Memorial. As a
nursery and labor and delivery nurse, she especially appreciates how much the
hospital embraces military as well as civilian families, and she’s justifiably
proud of the services the hospital provides.
Andrea and Amy’s commitment to the not-for-profit hospital
they work for extends far beyond patient care, for they know that it depends
heavily on donations raised through the Foundation. Now in its 28th year, the Foundation’s
signature event has raised nearly $4.8 million for the hospital. To continue the phenomenal level of
philanthropic support that has underwritten
fully half of all capital and equipment for the hospital’s Keyserling Cancer
Center, proceeds of the 2017 Valentine Ball will support cancer services.
“In some form or fashion, whether it’s ourselves or a friend
or family member, cancer touches all of us,” Andrea says. “With community
support, and neighbors helping neighbors, we’re able to deliver state of the
art cancer care right here in our backyard.”
In support of the Foundation’s efforts, hundreds of
people are expected to attend the Valentine Ball which will be held downtown
for the very first time this year.
“The new venue will set just the right
tone for the pure grandeur of the Ball with a decidedly Lowcountry feel,” Andrea
says. For those who just can’t wait to
soak in the atmosphere, the Foundation is offering a very special Cocktail
Party the night before. The event will
feature bourbon and wine tastings as well as cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres
from 6-8:30pm and is another great way to help support the Foundation.
As for the main gala the following
evening, the 2017 co-hosts couldn’t be more excited.
“The Valentine Ball is a wonderful time
to come together as a community and have a fun night out,’” Andrea says. “And
who doesn’t love a man in a tux?”
Guests who purchase tickets 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,” Amy says, as she enthusiastically lists off each of the hosts and homes she’s
gone to over the years. “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” Andrea says. “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 progress to the
Valentine Ball to dance the night away alongside tiers of elaborate desserts
and silent auction possibilities.
to the Valentine Ball and private dinner parties start at $150 per person and
include several sponsorship levels. Tickets to the Cocktail Party 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 , please call the Foundation at (843) 522-5774. Tickets will be available starting in November.