Heart of a Child Ball set Feb. 8

By Keith Strange

January 23, 2014

It’s no secret the area’s economy is experiencing a downturn, but sometimes the county’s most vulnerable residents can become victims.

“When the economy suffers, the instances of child abuse and neglect increase,” said Robin Testerman, director of the Children’s Center of Surry and Yadkin. “Our needs and the needs of the children we serve increase.”

But an event scheduled for Feb. 8, promises not only the chance to help the area’s victims of child abuse and neglect, but a chance to have a good time as well.

Plans are under way for this year’s sixth annual Heart of a Child Ball, set for 6 p.m. at Cross Creek Country Club.

This year’s event features a silent auction, dinner and dancing to music provided by the famed beach band The Embers.

Austin Caviness, WXII 12 meteorologist, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event.

The evening’s festivities begin with an informal time where those attending can bid on items through a silent auction. Some of the items available this year include tickets to college sports events, handmade wooden bowls and baskets donated by local craftsmen and other items, Testerman said.

But she noted that more items are welcome.

“We’re having a little harder time recruiting people to donate items this year,” she said. “The community has always been awesome, but I think they’re simply tapped out. Local businesses are struggling in this economy, and they don’t have a lot of items they can donate.”

Following the silent auction, dinner prepared by the country club will be served to those in attendance, followed by a night of dancing.

Testerman said that while the annual event is designed to be fun and light-hearted, the need is real.

“This fund raiser is critical for our being able to provide programs for children and families in the county,” she said. “These are children living in our shelter who have been referred by the Department of Social Services or the juvenile justice system. We provide a safe and nurturing environment for these kids.”

She noted that this year’s event should be bigger and better than those in the past.

“It’s been growing every year,” she said. “We’ve learned what to do from experience and the word is getting out. We started that first year with just a small group, and it’s grown from there to what it is today.”

Tickets for this year’s Heart of a Child Ball are $100 for a couple and $75 for individuals.

All proceeds benefit the Children’s Center.

For tickets, more information or to donate items for the silent auction, contact the Center at 336-386-9144, or email Vickie Snow-Hutcherson at

Keith Strange can be reached at 336-719-1929 or by Twitter @strangereporter.