Beaufort News

Contractor bows out of weekend fundraiser

A Lady's Island contractor slated to appear in a popular fundraiser this weekend despite a pending felony drug charge dropped out of the event Thursday, according to event organizers.

Trey Ambrose, president of Pro Slab Concrete Inc., was expected to be one of 10 prominent Beaufort-area men participating in Saturday's "Beaufort Beauties" pageant at the Dataw Island Club, but he said in an e-mail to event organizers that he was bowing out.

The pageant is hosted by Main Street Beaufort, USA and features well-known Beaufort-area men dressed in women's attire.

Ambrose was arrested in February 2010 by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and charged with trafficking cocaine, a charge that has yet to be adjudicated.

The event raises money for Main Street and several other local organizations, including Beaufort's Boys and Girls Club and Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity.

In a statement on Main Street's Facebook page, LaNelle Fabian, the organization's executive director, announced Ambrose's withdrawal and criticized an article in Thursday's Beaufort Gazette about the outstanding charge.

"Trey Ambrose, who originally was approached by volunteers to be a 'beauty' and accepted, has voluntarily withdrawn from the event," the statement said. "In an email received from him this morning, Mr. Ambrose thought this best so the focus of the event can return to its original intent, which is the six charities involved and not one person.

"We hope the negative press The Gazette has given will not affect the opportunity for us to raise funds for some great non-profit organizations."

Attempts Thursday to reach Ambrose and Fabian were unsuccessful.

Ambrose is accused of selling 10 grams of cocaine to a Sheriff's Office confidential informant in April 2009 in a parking lot at the Hilton Head Island Airport, according to a Sheriff's Office incident report.

The report said Ambrose flew from the Beaufort County Airport on Lady's Island to Hilton Head to meet the informant, who purchased the cocaine from Ambrose for $1,000 while deputies watched and listened.