7th Annual Mayors’ Shamrock Ball Premier Green Tie Event is March 8

Benefits Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop

Mayors and City Clerks from the four North County cities that host the ball.

Mayors and City Clerks from the four North County cities that host the ball at last year’s event.

Event sponsorships and individual tickets are now available for the 7th Annual Mayors’ Shamrock Ball. The ball will be held this year on Saturday, March 8 at the Garden Villas North, 4505 Parker Road from 6:30  to 11 p.m.  Proceeds generated from this premier green tie event of North County benefit Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop in Hazelwood.

Over the past six years, this fund-raiser has evolved into one of the biggest social events of the year.  The 2013 event had 77 sponsors and over 468 tickets were sold. The event raised approximately $35,000 for Valley Industries, an increase of nearly $8,000 from the 2012 ball’s total.

The event hosts are North County mayors Norman McCourt of Black Jack, James Knowles, III, of Ferguson, Tom Schneider of Florissant, and Matthew Robinson of Hazelwood. They traditionally wear black tuxedos with green ties, sashes and cummerbunds, and black top hats as they stand near the front entrance to greet every guest.

“We were thrilled about last year’s phenomenal turnout and the strong support we received from the North County community.  This event has turned into one of the biggest Irish celebrations in the region and it’s for a very worthy cause,” said retired Hazelwood Police Chief Carl Wolf, Shamrock Ball event chairman.

“We look forward to a bigger and better event this year with sponsorship and ticket sales as we support efforts to help those with developmental disabilities become productive members of society.”

Event Sponsorships and Tickets

The Mayors’ Shamrock Ball offers generous sponsorship packages to local businesses, organizations and individuals that want to be recognized as active corporate citizens who give something back to the community. Different sponsorships are available at the following levels:  Event Sponsor – $5,000; Emerald Sponsor – $2,500; Pot of Gold Sponsor – $1,000; Leprechaun Sponsor – $500; and Shamrock Sponsor – $250.  Contact Jim Guyre, Valley Industries executive director, at (314) 731-1771 for more information on sponsor benefits and how to become an event sponsor.

The public can purchase individual tickets online or by mail for $100 each per person.  There is a limit of 500 tickets available for purchase.  They will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.  Each individual who purchases a ticket will be treated to a full evening of great food, open bar, silent auction/attendance prizes, dancing, and outstanding entertainment provided by The Bob Kuban Band.

The event also features the crowning of Valley Industries’ King and Queen of the Ball and the cutting of the official Shamrock Ball cake.

Tickets can be ordered online at www.ValleyInd.net with either a Visa or MasterCard.  They can also be ordered by mail to Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop; 143 B McDonnell Boulevard, Hazelwood, Mo., 63042.  Please make the checks payable to Valley Industries.  For questions about tickets, call (314) 731-1771.

Buffet-Style Cuisine

Food stations will be manned by several popular restaurants and catering services will be set up around the elegant dining room and on the second floor balcony.  They will be serving their signature food dishes, hors d’oeuvres, pastries and desserts on decorated tables surrounded by ice sculptures.

Participating food vendors include Catering to You, Helfer’s Pastries & Deli Café, Master Event, Mattingly’s-Florissant, and Pasta House.  In addition, Yacovelli’s Restaurant is sponsoring the open bar.

Live Auction/Attendance Prizes

A new feature of a live auction is being added to the 7th Annual Mayors’ Shamrock Ball.  Trip giveaways, sports tickets with autographed memorabilia, and other luxury items will be auctioned off “live” to the highest bidder.

An emerald jewelry piece donated by Henefer’s Jewelers will be given away as well. In this unique contest, the raffle “tickets” will be light-up rings. The winner will be randomly chosen from all the rings purchased.

Other attendance prizes as well as a raffle for the Treasure Chest of Happiness, which contains an assortment of liquor valued at $500, will be offered.

Bob Kuban Band Back Again

For the seventh year in a row, the popular Bob Kuban Band will keep the place hopping with lively music for the entire evening.  Since blazing his way to the top of music charts with his hit song “The Cheater” in 1966, Kuban has been entertaining thousands of audiences with high-energy music that appeals to people of all ages.  Guests will be able to dance the night away while supporting a worthy cause.  Other show performers will be announced at a later time.


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