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Two Beaufort Memorial Hospital nurses honored with DAISY Award

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Photo above: BMH nurses Samantha Coburn and Jennifer Hughes are shown here with nursing director Nancy Fu (center), who presented the nurses with the Daisy Award. Photo by Paul Nurnberg.

It’s not in their job description, but Beaufort Memorial Hospital nurses Samantha Coburn and Jennifer Hughes took on the role of event planners to cheer up a hospitalized Marine disappointed he wouldn’t be able to take his wife to the Marine Corps Ball.  

A hopeless romantic, Coburn conspired with her charge nurse, Hughes, to plan  a special in-hospital affair for the couple to make up for the missed gala. The nurses-turned-party hostesses decorated the fifth floor waiting room and brought in food, flowers and bubbly non-alcoholic juice. They even set up a cell phone to provide music.  

 For their tender gesture, each of the nurses was honored recently with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national tribute reserved for RNs who go the extra mile to care for patients and their families. 

“It was the best and biggest surprise ever,” said Marine Staff Sgt. Stanley Santos, who nominated the two nurses for the prestigious award. “I cannot explain how happy that made me. My frustration from being stuck in a hospital turned to gratitude for all of the effort that was put into making my stay, and especially that day, a pleasurable one. I could not have asked for a better experience.”

Hospital administrators and coworkers gathered in the unit to surprise the two nurses with the award. 

They were given an engraved vase full of daisies and a hand-carved sculpture titled, “A Healer’s Touch”.

The DAISY Award was created in 1999 by a Seattle couple as a way to honor the nurses who took care of their son before he died. It has since been adopted by healthcare facilities all over the world. Anyone can nominate a BMH nurse for the DAISY Award. Applications are available throughout the hospital.

Earlier this year, Coburn and Hughes also were presented Vaux Humanitarian Awards. The prize is made possible through the Vaux Fund, set up to honor the memory of Ruthven Vaux, a longtime Bluffton resident and member of the Beaufort Memorial Hospital board.

“Both of these nurses are passionate about their profession, and going the extra mile is the norm for them,” said Nancy Fu, the floor’s nursing director. “’I’m grateful to have them as part of a terrific team of caregivers who live our core values.”

Valentine Ball makes for happy hearts

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Chris and Amy Geier, Drs Andrea Hucks and Dan Ripley

Photo above: Chris and Amy Geier, Drs. Andrea Hucks and Dan Ripley. Photos by Paul Nurnberg.

The Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Valentine Ball took place Feb. 11 at a brand new venue: Tabby Place. 

For the very first time, the weekend included a special event the night before, A Cocktail Affair, where guests had the opportunity to preview the decorations and auction items while enjoying an open bar, elaborate hors d’oeuvres and live music. Now in its 28th year, the foundation’s signature event has received an outstanding level of philanthropic support that has enabled it to underwrite half of Keyserling Cancer Center’s capital and equipment.

At the Feb. 10 Cocktail Affair were event honorary chairs Richard and Joyce Gray; Beaufort Memorial CEO Russell Baxley and his wife Stephanie; Joyce Gray, center, with Edie Rodgers, Sue Collins, Shirley Credle and Judy Gabriel; Rosemary and Kevin Cuppia from Modern Jewelers, which donated the evening’s major prize – a diamond. 

Seen at the Ball on Saturday were Valentine Ball co-chairs Chris and Amy Geier and Drs. Andrea Hucks and Dan Ripley; Dr. Mark and Elizabeth Newberry; Dr. Luke and Geneva Baxley with Dr. Rob and Pam Vyge; and Dr. Majd Chahin and  Jennifer Codding.

Honorary chairs Richard and Joyce Gray
Honorary chairs Richard and Joyce Gray
BMH CEO Russell Baxley and his wife Stephanie
BMH CEO Russell Baxley and his wife Stephanie
Dr. Luke and Geneva Baxley Dr. Rob and Pam Vyge
Dr. Luke and Geneva Baxley Dr. Rob and Pam Vyge
Rosemary and Kevin Cuppia
Rosemary and Kevin Cuppia
Edie Rodgers, Sue Collins, Joyce Gray, Shirley Credle, Judy Gabriel
Edie Rodgers, Sue Collins, Joyce Gray, Shirley Credle, Judy Gabriel
Dr. Majd Chahin with Jennifer Codding
Dr. Majd Chahin with Jennifer Codding
Dr. Mark and Elizabeth Newberry
Dr. Mark and Elizabeth Newberry

Getting to heart of things helps love bloom

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By Ifetayo White

It is February and most everyone’s minds and hearts are giving more attention to the thing that everyone wants: love.

So much thought and energy is directed to how to get love, how to hold it and how to give it.

Just as surely, the experiences of anxiety, emotional pain and even depression increase greatly during Valentine season. What’s a person to do?

In our culture, looking for love in all the wrong places has become a national pastime.

We have been conditioned to expect that the love of our parents, our children, our family, our mates or partners, or our friends will create endless and perfect joy in us. We believe that the more of these folk we can enlist into our fan club of unconditional love, the happier our lives will be. Stop for a minute and let yourselves feel if this rings true for you in any way.

I remember when I believed that in order to earn and keep my parents love, it was necessary for me to be the good and quiet daughter.

So many hours of my married life were devoted to how could I get my husband to love me more. I changed my hair, dieted to look more desirable, wore clothes that he favored and even adoringly approved of every “brilliant” idea that popped into his head to win more love and attention from him.

How often have I agreed to participate in unfulfilling activities with friends just so that I would continue to be loved by them.

The truth is that all this seeking love from others ever accomplished for me was greater anxiety, stress, deeper sadness, migraine headaches and more self-denial.

When we get right down to it, what is the real motivation for choosing the “right” school for our children, the “right” program for our growth, the “right” job or exercise program?

All are reasonable choices for being the best that we can be, for sure! But if the truth be told, so often we go for the “right” because of our insatiable thirst for more love and admiration. Choosing what is right for our lives begins inside, in our hearts, as an act of alignment with love.

Love actually always begins and ends with me. The presence of true love is never found outside of ourselves.

After we have taken the time to heal and nurture our own hearts, our own bodies, our own minds, our own spirits, then we can experience truly loving relationships with others.

Ask yourself how would it feel to give and receive love freely and unconditionally without stress or the fear of losing it? Is it indeed possible to be in truly loving relationships while being true to myself?

Let’s take a moment right now and connect with our own hearts. Close your eyes if you wish or not, and begin breathing into your heart.  Are you feeling resistance to this request?  Are thoughts flooding your mind right now?  Just continue to be still and breathe. What are your feelings in your heart? Is there lightness and joy, or sadness and tightness? Are you aware of any feelings of wanting something different in your life, in your relationships? Don’t ignore any feelings that come up.  Just notice them and continue breathing into your heart.

How would it feel if I was totally loveable just as I am right now … with this body, with this amount of money, with this training? Say the words, “I am loveable and I am worthwhile” either silently or aloud to yourself. Now open your eyes if they were closed and begin to breathe regularly.

This is a simple way of checking in with your heart, your body, your spirit to feel what is real about the nature of love in your life. Affirming being loveable and worthy might not feel real at first, but over time with practice these words and feelings will become your reality.

Happy journeying, happy discovering and uncovering, and most of all, LOVE actually!

Health briefs for February 9th-15th

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LoCo Motion becomes Pledge The Pink

Are you ready to do the LoCo Motion again? Then get ready for some big changes in the 2017 edition.

This year, the venerable fitness challenge, which brought thousands of pink-clad runners and walkers to Callawassie Island in 2016, makes its return with one huge difference.

Rather than simply “Doing the LoCo Motion,” the small army that descends on the Lowcountry will be Pledging the Pink.

The name change from LoCo Motion to Pledge The Pink came about as the inevitable result of the community’s home-grown footrace gaining a massive global appeal and reach.

“We started offering ‘virtual LoCo’ last year, allowing people to join our race and do the 30 miles in their own hometown,” said event founder Laura Morgan. “As that grew, we realized that this wasn’t just the Lowcountry’s event. We sent medals and race swag to people all across the planet, and we unknowingly created a world-wide event.”

That also means more money raised for the cause, the majority of which goes to Lowcountry breast care providers for screening and clinical research.

Hollings Cancer Center was one of the 2016 beneficiaries and received $40,000 from the event.

The 2017 event is Sept. 21-24 and registration is now open at www.pledgethepink.com.

TCL now accepting fall applications

The Technical College of the Lowcountry is now accepting applications for fall entry into its health sciences programs that include massage therapy, nursing, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, surgical technology and medical assisting.

Applications are due by Tuesday, April 18.

“Entry into TCL’s health sciences programs is highly competitive, so it’s best to start the application process early,” Health Sciences Dean Glenn Levicki said.

Health Sciences students experience on-campus learning using high-tech simulation equipment and receive additional hands-on practice at clinical sites located throughout Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties.

By combining classroom and clinical education, TCL health sciences programs truly prepare students for their careers. Plus, TCL students perform exceptionally well on licensing exams – each program boasts pass rates higher than the national average.

Employment in healthcare occupations is expected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average. Over this same time about 2.3 million new healthcare jobs will be added, more than any other group of occupations. This expected growth is due to an aging population and because more individuals have access to health insurance, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Call 843-525-8267 for more information, or visit www.tcl.edu/pathways/health-sciences.

Diabetes workshops offered in March

A free Diabetes Self-Management workshop for Medicare beneficiaries will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays in March. Each session will cover a new topic. The sessions will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 157 Lady’s Island Drive in Beaufort. To register or for more information, call 800-922-3089, ext. 7585.

Do your homework for best dental care

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By Dr. Stephen Durham

The mouth is where the body’s inner workings meet the outside world more closely than anywhere else.

Not only is it the portal for our nourishment, but for most of us it is also our primary instrument for communicating with each other.

The teeth, the gums and the tender tissue around them team up to make an essential system for health.

It is a complex system, however, and the chances for invasion and infection are part of its working environment.

So finding a dentist who can help you build a better understanding of it is important, because peace of mind is one of the best outcomes of good dentistry.

It begins with finding a dentist who can be your most effective source of information.

Trust is essential 

Today’s dental office has replaced old-fashioned X-rays with digital imaging and other techniques that show you and the dentist exactly what’s wrong faster, easier and more accurately than we even imagined in
times past.

But better imaging and other tests are only the tools of today’s patient education.

The careful consultation you receive is the foundation of moving forward effectively. It empowers you to proceed with confidence and understanding.

You are the boss.

It is your understanding of the choices available that puts you in the driver’s seat. Trusting the dentist who advises you is essential.

Your initial consultation is a great indicator of whether this is a professional relationship that suits you.

A practice that consults with compassion, with understanding of you as a person, is in a far better position to present you with options for treatment that make sense to you.

And a practice that knows you by name when you arrive, that personalizes each visit by knowing the things that make you feel comfortable – that practice can perform the skills of dentistry in a way that assures you of poise and confidence.

A recipient of the 2012 Mastership Award from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), Dr. Stephen Durham is a graduate of Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. He is a past recipient of the LVI Fellowship Award for Neuromuscular and Cosmetic Dentistry. Durham practices at Durham Dental at Town Center in Beaufort. For more information, visit his website at www.DrStephenDurham.com or call 843-379-5400.

New treatments for dry age-related macular degeneration

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By Dr. Mark S. Siegel

Macular degeneration is currently the leading cause of visual impairment in the U.S.

Breakthrough treatment with anti-VEGF eye injections such as Avastin (bevacizumab, Genentech), Lucentis (ranibizumab, Genentech) and Eylea (aflibercept, Regeneron) has almost arrested the progression of the wet form of the disease.

However, almost 80 percent of people diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have the non-neovascular (dry) or atrophic subtypes.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology notes that the most advanced form of non-neovascular AMD, known as geographic atrophy (GA), can occur as early as in intermediate AMD or (more typically) in advanced AMD.

Estimates predict advanced AMD will impact as many as 3 million people in at least one eye by 2020.

The growing number of aging Americans underscores the need for treatments that can prevent progression of and/or treat advanced AMD.

Trials underway 

Surprisingly, no treatments are currently available for the prevention of GA. Evidence from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) suggests antioxidant vitamin and mineral supplementation may help prevent the progression to neovascular AMD, but the study failed to show that vitamin supplementation decreased progression to geographic atrophy.

Even in AREDS2, when beta-carotene was replaced with lutein/zeaxanthin to decrease the risk of lung cancer, the new formulation also failed to show decreased progression to GA.

Clinical studies are underway to further elucidate and understand the mechanisms of dry AMD and to evaluate new therapeutics directed at slowing the progression.

There are currently two large phase 3 trials underway for the treatment of GA. The FILLY study assesses the safety, tolerability and evidence of activity of multiple intravitreal (IVT) injections of APL-2 (Apellis Pharmaceuticals) for patients with GA. The second is a multicenter, randomized, double-masked, sham-controlled study to investigate IVT injections of lampalizumab in patients with GA.

The discovery of complement byproducts in drusen led to associations between complement dysregulation and AMD.

Thus, several researchers are evaluating the complement cascade as a clinical therapeutic target for non-neovascular AMD.

Factor D is considered a critical early component of the alternative pathway that involves complement factor H. Factor D is an upstream of factor B and other AMD-associated proteins, making it a potential powerful target for treatment.

Anti-inflammatory agents under development include lampalizumab, fluocinolone, glatiramer acetate, sirolimus, eculizumab and ARC-1905.

These are but the tip of the iceberg of compounds under development for advanced AMD or GA.

Visual cycle inhibitors are among those in latter-stage development and include fenretinide, ACU-4429 and ALK-001.

These compounds down-regulate the visual cycle to decrease the accumulation of the toxic waste products of retinal metabolism. Amyloid-beta has been found in drusen, and RN6G and GSK933776 are in development to regulate amyloid-beta accumulation.

Neuroprotective drugs are also under development, including UF-021, ciliary neurotrophic factor and brimonidine tartrate intravitreal implant.

Topical agents such as MC-1101 are attempting to slow AMD by increasing choroidal perfusion.

Stem cell therapies including HuCNS-SC and MA09-hRPE are also under investigation as potential treatments for GA.

At this point, it is too early to tell which — if any — of these treatments will become a standard of care.

Dr. Mark S. Siegel is the Medical Director at Sea Island Ophthalmology on Ribaut Road in Beaufort. 

Visit www.seaislandophthalmology.com for more information.

Health briefs for February 2nd-8th

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Enjoy dinner with the president 

Debbie Schuchmann and Alice Moss of the BMH Foundation are seen above “cooking up” another great auction item for the 2017 Valentine Ball, a dinner they will prepare with BMH President & CEO Russell Baxley and his wife Stephanie as the featured guests. Among the other items for auction are tickets to the Duke/Wake Forest basketball game, quail hunts, original art, vacations and more.

The Valentine Ball is sold out, but a limited number of tickets remain for the Cocktail Affair on Friday, Feb. 10, where guests will have an opportunity to preview and bid on all the auction items (and learn how to use the new mobile bidding system so they can update their bids from anywhere) and be treated to elaborate hors d’oeuvres, a bourbon and champagne tasting, as well as open bar and live music by Vic and Friends. It all happens from 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $75 per person.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Cocktail Affair, call 843-522-5774 or visit ValentineBall.org.

Security officer of year is named

Krystal Brown, of Beaufort Memorial Hospital, has been named 2016 Security Officer of the Year at the Security Directors of South Carolina breakfast meeting in Palmetto Bluff.

She was presented with the award in recognition of her dedicated and outstanding service to Beaufort Memorial Hospital throughout 2016.

“The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office values our relationships with the many private security forces throughout Beaufort County,” according to a release from the sheriff’s office. “They are an invaluable resource to law enforcement and our citizens.”

Health briefs for January 26th-February 1st

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Baby born under special circumstances

Georgia Blaire Wells. Photo by Charlotte Berkeley Photography.
Georgia Blaire Wells. Photo by Charlotte Berkeley Photography.

Georgia Blaire Wells, second daughter of Emily and Brandon Wells of Beaufort, arrived at the Beaufort Memorial Collins Birthing Center on Jan. 19 at 10:20 a.m., delivered by Dr. Glenn Werner.

What makes this so noteworthy?

Twenty-three years ago in the same Birthing Center, Werner delivered Georgia’s mom Emily to Kim Fields, with the same nurses, Cheryl Savel and Carolyn Thames, assisting with the delivery.

According to Emily Fields, that wasn’t just a coincidence, as she chose Werner for her obstetrician and then made sure Savel and Thames would be on duty for the birth.

“That is one of the things that makes Beaufort Memorial a special place,” said Werner. “It’s a privilege to be able to be involved in this manner with families. But it is the staff of our hospital that is the real plus. It’s a comfort to see those experienced faces, because you know you are going to have a good outcome.”

Free diabetes program offered on Lady’s Island

More than 25 percent of people 65 and older have diabetes.

A diagnosis of diabetes includes pre-diabetes and diabetes. Pre-diabetes indicates that the blood sugar is higher than normal. Without any intervention, people with pre-diabetes will develop diabetes later in life.

Type 2 Diabetes is a progressive disease. This means that as you age, your diabetes, most likely, will get worse. Abnormal or high blood sugar affects every part of your body and can increase your risk of complications that may include blindness, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke.

Many people may not realize that lifestyle changes are the No. 1 way to prevent the progression of diabetes.

The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME), a part of the Atlantic Quality Innovation Network (AQIN), has been contracted by Medicare to provide free Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) workshops to Medicare beneficiaries.

DSME workshops are a series of five sessions that cover a variety of topics that help participants better manage their diabetes and pre-diabetes.

During the workshops, resources and handouts are provided and participants have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss personal concerns they have about living with diabetes.

Even if you have previously attended a Medicare-reimbursed class, you are invited to attend these workshops at no cost.

The five-week diabetes class will be held starting on Thursday, March 2, at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 157 Lady’s Island Drive.

To register and for more information, call 800-922-3089, ext. 7585.

Good Neighbor clinic receives multiple grants

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The Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic of Beaufort recently received grants from The Beaufort Fund and The Bargain Box.

The Beaufort Fund and The Bargain Box are helping to support general operations at the clinic this year, allowing the it to continue providing free primary medical services to very low-income, uninsured adults in Beaufort County.

“Especially in a year of uncertain funding for healthcare, we are very pleased to be able to continue serving patients who have no other local source of free health care,” said Carol J. McConn, clinical director at Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic. “These grants help to ensure that we will be able to continue serving all qualified patients who request care at the clinic.”

The Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic of Beaufort is a faith-based organization, serving very low-income, uninsured adults in Beaufort County. It is located on Lady’s Island.

In 2016, the clinic provided medical care to 476 patients who made 1,604 visits for medical treatment and uncounted visits for health education, prescription assistance and pastoral care.

Which label did someone pin on you?

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By Susan Stone

Labels can be handy. Without them we would be guessing which cans contain the chicken soup, right?

Labels organize our lives. We love labels! We give everything around us a label of sorts.

Without pinning an actual sign on someone, we label people whether they deserve it or not.

With harmless labels such as creative, talented, gifted, generous … none can argue the benefit of being known as such a person. But what kind of life can we expect from someone who has been labeled a trouble-maker, lazy, difficult, stupid or crazy? What effect do these labels have on us when we are young and impressionable? What label do you struggle to keep? What label has been pinned on you that you would like to change?

Over the years, I have had the honor of counseling dozens of people who had outgrown their labels.

Some were near the end of their rope and ready to cash it all in because of a label they were burdened with.

One of my clients, we’ll call Laura, was diagnosed as a schizophrenic at the age of 5. I met her when she was 23. She was a cutter, self-destructive, very depressed, threatening suicide and had been hospitalized several times.

When her father brought her to meet me, I saw a beautiful and very gifted young woman. I had a feeling there was much more to her story.

Laura was so shy you could barely hear her speak. She looked down at the ground and never made eye contact.

After gaining her trust, we talked about what had landed her in the hospital so many times. The first time she was 5 and was diagnosed with borderline schizophrenia because she was hearing voices. When I asked her who was talking to her, she said, “The ghosts.”

Aha! I knew it! This was my first clue that something else was going on.

When I asked if she could see them too, she looked at me like I was crazy and said; “Of course!”

So I asked more questions, beginning with: “What else can you see?”

The rest of the afternoon was wonderful. As she told me one story after another, she became more and more animated. I don’t think she had never met anyone who believed she was telling the truth!

Today she is a certified massage therapist.

Her goal is to open a business where people can come to nurture their body, mind and spirit.

She also wants to become a life coach so she can help people like herself who have been misunderstood, misdiagnosed and mislabeled.

I myself was pinned with the label of “idiot.”

Being the middle child, I was sandwiched between two genius sisters.

In the early ‘60s, no one knew about dyslexia. How many kids did the system call “slow?”

I didn’t know I had it until my daughter was diagnosed in elementary school. By then I was in my 30s and had believed my whole life that I was just stupid because I inverted letters and numbers. Reading and math were terribly difficult for me; even with tutors I was barely able to eke out a passing grade.

My family used to pat me on the head and say, “Well, at least she’s pretty. Hopefully she’ll marry well.” No wonder I have felt less-than most of my life.

Overcoming these labels can take years of therapy, and some of us go to our graves never knowing it was never true. How tragic.

We just cannot seem to help ourselves. We do it unconsciously. We even label our own body parts. This is my good knee and this is my bad knee … who knows how that affects its ability to heal?

At the end of the day, no matter what the world has called you, know this: You are a wonder to behold!

Cocktail Affair adds new twist to popular event

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Folks won’t want to miss the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation’s first-ever Cocktail Affair on Friday, Feb. 10.

Less formal than Saturday evening’s traditional Valentine Ball – now in its 28th year – it is still an elegant evening featuring fun new events.

Guests can enjoy a bourbon sampling courtesy of Gentry Bourbon and Drs. Dan Ripley and Andrea Hucks. Gentry is Charleston’s first uniquely crafted reserve batch bourbon and Ripley and Hucks are two of its founding partners. After being distilled in Kentucky, Gentry Bourbon is barreled in charred American oak and brought to Charleston where it is ricked, aged, staved and eventually bottled.

“The entire process takes an inordinate amount of time, but that’s what gives our bourbon its distinctive smoothness, and we hope that everyone will enjoy the tasting,” said Ripley. “On behalf of Gentry, we couldn’t be happier to make this donation to the BMH Foundation. As physicians, we know firsthand just how much our hospital means to this community.”

To complement the bourbon sampling, the celebrated executive chefs and owners of Breakwater Restaurant, Gary and Donna Lang and Beth Shaw, will be on hand to pour champagne. They’ve selected and donated one of the most recognizable and high end labels, Veuve Clicquot, for the evening, the very one they serve in their own restaurants.

Knowing that all of the proceeds of the Cocktail Affair and Valentine Ball weekend will go to support cancer care at Beaufort Memorial Hospital is especially meaningful to Gary and Donna. She is a cancer survivor who was treated by the hospital, and Gary’s mother is a current patient at the Keyserling Cancer Center.

Friday evening will also showcase 50 glasses of the very special Veuve Vintage Rose for sale, also donated by Breakwater. Each will contain a sparkling ring, one of which is guaranteed to hold a real diamond donated by Modern Jewelers, quite an enticement for those willing to take the gamble. Towards the end of the event, Kevin Cuppia will be on hand to examine each stone and certify the real diamond ring for its lucky recipient.

As if all this weren’t enough, attendees will be able to preview the fabulous decorations for the Valentine Ball, and receive any guidance needed to bid on auction items through the new mobile bidding system being introduced this year. Tiers of elaborate hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and live music by Vic and Friends will round out the evening.

It all happens from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Tickets start at $75 per person.

Richard and Joyce Gray, serving as the Honorary Chairs for this premiere event, are delighted at the thought of our community coming together two nights in a row for such a meaningful cause.

“Both events are going to be just beautiful,” promises Joyce. “We hope that everyone will come out for a wonderful time!”

There’s a discount for those wishing to “make a weekend of it” by attending both the Valentine Ball and the Cocktail Affair.

Visit valentineball.org or call the foundation at 843-522-5774 for more information and tickets.

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