By Keith Strange firstname.lastname@example.org
February 9, 2014
The spirit of Valentine’s Day was on full display Saturday night as nearly 300 county residents gathered at Cross Creek Country Club for this year’s Heart of a Child Ball.
The event is an annual favorite, a benefit for the Children’s Center of Surry and Yadkin.
Organizer and Center Director Robin Testerman said this year’s gathering was one for the record books.
“Ticket sales have been great this year,” she said as people streamed into the room festooned in red and white. “We’ve exceeded all of our past events, and this is looking like a great night for it.
Famed beach music band The Embers entertained the crowd as wait staff scurried around bringing dinner.
Festivities began with an informal time where those attending could bid on items through a silent auction, and some of the items included VIP tickets to college sporting events, handmade crafts and original artwork by local craftsmen.
Last year’s ball helped raise more than $12,000 for the center, money that is used to help the area’s victims of child abuse and neglect.
Testerman said she hoped those attending would dig deep in their pockets to surpass last year’s total.
“We’re looking forward to our auction items bringing in a good bit of money,” she said as lines of people streamed past tables laden with items up for bid. “That’s where a lot of our money comes from.”
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.”
It was a sentiment echoed by center board Chairman Josh Inman.
“Events like this give us the funds to continue to be able to deliver services,” he said. “It is critical to helping us keep our doors open.”
For attendees, the event was about helping children but having fun as well.
“This is always a great event that certainly supports a wonderful cause,” Brian Gates said as he looked over the crowd. “But I’m here to have fun and enjoy the evening.”
Just moments later, the sounds of The Embers streamed through the room, and people began to dance.
Keith Strange can be reached at 336-719-1929 or via Twitter @strangereporter.