7th Annual Mayors’ Shamrock Ball Features ‘Live’ Auction Offering Fabulous Prizes for Bids


New Prize: Limo Service by JED, Dinner at Shannons and Cards Tickets

Something new has been added to this year’s 7th Annual Mayors’ Shamrock Ball, scheduled for Saturday, March 8, at Garden Villas North in Black Jack, to give guests an opportunity to bid for fabulous prizes during the event’s “live” auction.  One of the major prizes auctioned off will be a luxury 4-day/3-night room package to Karisma Hotels’ Eldorado Royale Spa Resort for two adults. This donation is sponsored by Joe Lang Travel at (314) 985-5642.  Located in Mexico’s Riviera Maya just south of Cancun, Eldorado Royale was ranked last year as one of the “Top 100” hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveler magazine readers.

Another great prize to bid on will be a St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Outing which includes two free tickets to a home game at Busch Stadium, use of an 8-passenger limo provided by JED Limousine Service, and a gift certificate for dinner at Mike Shannon’s Steaks & Seafood Restaurant.  In addition, guests can enter raffle drawings for a Treasure Chest of Happiness, which contains an assortment of liquor valued at $500, and a beautiful emerald pendant being donated by Henefer’s Jewelry in Florissant.  To qualify for the emerald pendant drawing, guests must buy a plastic ring that blinks for $10 a piece.  They must also be present at the event in case they are announced as the winner.

All proceeds generated by ticket sales, event sponsorships, “live” auction bids, and raffle drawings benefit Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization which provides dignified, meaningful employment for adults with developmental disabilities.  This organization has been a prominent fixture in North County since 1967 when it first opened a facility in the City of Florissant with 15 employees.  Today, the workshop serves almost 200 adults with disabilities in a 60,000 square-foot facility based in the City of Hazelwood.

Event hosts include these elected mayors from four North County communities:  Mayor Norman McCourt of Black Jack; Mayor James Knowles, III, of Ferguson; Mayor Tom Schneider of Florissant; and Mayor Matthew Robinson of Hazelwood.  They arrive decked out in black tuxedos, top hats, and green ties/cumberbunds/sashes to greet everyone at the front door.

There are very few individual tickets, valued at $100 a piece,  left for the event.  Seating is limited to 500 guests.  Those interested in purchasing tickets can do so online or by mail.  Tickets can be ordered at www.ValleyInd.net with either a Visa or MasterCard.  They can also be ordered by mail: Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop; 143 B McDonnell Boulevard, Hazelwood, Mo., 63042.  Please make the checks payable to Valley Industries.  For questions, call (314) 731-1771.

Over the past seven years, the Mayors’ Shamrock Ball has evolved into St. Louis’ premier, formal green tie affair.  It’s one of North County’s biggest social charity soir?es of the year where people go to be seen with some of the region’s influential political, business, and civic leaders.  This event has received a tremendous amount of support from the local business community over the years and 2014 isn’t any different.

More than 70 event sponsors have donated money to support Valley Industries for the following sponsorship levels:  Event Sponsors ($5,00) – The Delmar Gardens Family and Rotary Club of Florissant License Office; Emerald Sponsors ($2,500) – AmerenMissouri, Karen McKay, and Karisma Hotels & Spa Resorts/Joe Lang Travel Agency; Pot of Gold ($1,000) – 22 Sponsors; Leprechaun ($500) – 13 Sponsors; and Shamrock ($250) – 21 Sponsors.

The elegant dining area at Garden Villas North will be colorfully decorated to create a festive atmosphere for the event.  Food stations and ice sculptures will be scattered throughout the room to resemble a cruise ship midnight buffet experience.  The following local restaurants and catering services will be participating as food vendors:  Catering to You;  Helfer’s Pastries & Deli Caf?; Master Events; Mattingly’s Sports Bar & Grill (Florissant); Pasta House; and Starbucks.  In addition, Yacovelli’s Restaurant is sponsoring the open bar.

To entertain the crowd, the popular Bob Kuban Band will be playing lively music all night long, giving guests the chance to dance the night away for a good cause.  Young dancers from the Clark Academy of Irish Dance are scheduled to perform as well to delight the audience with amazing “River Dance” style routines.

Each year, Valley Industries selects two Workers of the Year to be crowned King and Queen of the Shamrock Ball. This year’s winners are Tony Borchardt and Christine Gunn.  They will be officially recognized with a crowning ceremony during the event and be given the honor of cutting the Shamrock Ball cake.  The runner-ups are Larry Devance and Mary Alice Dorsey.



Shamrock Ball Features ‘Live’ Auction with Fabulous Prizes Up for Bids – Guests attending the 7th Annual Mayors’ Shamrock Ball will be given the opportunity to bid on several fabulous prizes, including a luxury 4-day/3-night hotel room package to Karisma Hotels’ Eldorado Royale in Mexico’s Riviera Maya for two adults, on Saturday, March 8.


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