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Mayors' Shamrock Ball Expands, Includes Ferguson Mayor

In the past, the annual event benefitting Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop included mayors from Hazelwood, Florissant and Blackjack.

The North County Mayors' Shamrock Ball is right around the corner and this year guests will get a little more bang for their buck.

The 6th annual Mayors' Shamrock Ball will occur on March 2, of which proceeds will benefit  Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop.

This year all guests will meet the mayors of four North County communities who are the program hosts: Mayor Norman McCourt of Black Jack; Mayor Tom Schneider of Florissant, Mayor Matthew Robinson of Hazelwood and Mayor James W. Knowles of Ferguson.

The goal is to sell 500 tickets which are $100 each. Last year more than 400 tickets were sold and 52 event sponsors were recruited.

There was $27,000 raised to help provide dignified, meaningful employment for adults with development disabilities.

Tim Davidson, Hazelwood's communications coordinator said adding Ferguson to the ball was a no brainer.

"The addition of Ferguson’s mayor as one of the hosts opens the door for other North County businesses and residents to support," he said. "Over the years the event has grown and more cities are wanting to get involved.

"They asked to be a part and the (planning) committed obliged."

State, county and local elected officials will be on hand in support along with area business leaders.

King and Queen of the Ball

Each year, Valley Industries selects two workers of the year that are crowned king and queen at the ball. This year Mike Riner and Lynette Roberson,  Mark Averill and Mary Beth Webb as the runner-ups should the duo be unable to participate.

Prizes

There will be a $10 raffle  for two prizes; a Treasure Chest of Happiness containing $500-$750 worth of assorted spirits and liquor and an authentic
NFL football autographed by St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

Food
The night will include Irish-themed food, beverages and baked goods from local eateries including Catering to You, Choices Catering, Delmar Gardens, Helfer’s Pastries and Deli, Meyer’s Country Cottage & Irish Pub, Mattingly’s Sports Bar, O’Charley’s, Piccolino’s Italian Grocer, and Yacovelli’s  is sponsoring the open bar.

Enrtertainment

Bob Kuban and his band will be the main entertainment.

Some of the students of The Clark Academy of Irish Dance, who made it through to Las Vegas for “America’s Got Talent,” will greet guests and perform.

Ticket Pricing and Sponsorship

The event begins at 6:30 p.m., and will last until 11 p.m. Purchase tickets online or by mail for this green tie affair.

Individual all-inclusive ticket prices are $100 each per person. Tickets can be ordered online at Valley Industries' website or by mail:

143 B McDonnell Boulevard, Hazelwood, Mo., 63042

There are also sponsorship levels from $5,000 to $250.

For questions, call 314-731-1771.

Ashley February 22, 2013 at 05:04 PM
I went a couple years back. It was fun but there are more politicians there than anything. The ticket price is a bit much and I kind of feel the Irish theme is a little disconnected from North County. The Mardi Gras theme may draw more people if it's not a success. Just My Opinion
Jim Guyre February 23, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Thanks to our wonderful sponsors and ticket buyers, we are at over 400 tickets sold so far! Please support our sponsors who so generously support the mission of Valley Industries. Here is a link: http://www.valleyind.net/shamrockballspons.shtml

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