The 22nd annual AMIkids Beaufort Croquet Tournament and Picnic was a great success, raising more than $63,000. Thanks to Brays Island Plantation for hosting the event once again.
We also thank our tournament sponsors, teams, area businesses, as well as individual donors within our community and those who chose to sponsor our welding program.
We salute grand marshal Margaret Barber, director of the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice. Thanks also go to Brantley and Alice Harvey Jr., who hosted a captain's cocktail reception at their home, Marshlands.
Tournament results: first, Harvey and Battey; tied for second, Beaufort Shag Club and Power Rangers. Best dressed lady was Lady Ann Mclaughlin and best dressed man was Wayne Blau. The Bullseye competition went to Simon Jenkins; the award for best picnic went to "My Carolina" of Dataw Island.
AMIkids Beaufort (www.amikidsbeaufort.org) is a nonprofit residential facility in Lobeco that is an alternative to prison for juvenile offenders ages 14-17. Three-fourths of our graduates don't get into any more trouble with the law. That's a lot higher than other programs and higher than prison successes. Our highly successful welding program helps these young men learn job skills.
Mike Ingram and Dr. Mike Harris