Few tix left for Heart of a Child Ball

By Keith Strange

February 2, 2014

A handful of tickets are still available for an event that is rapidly becoming a must-attend for both everyman and the community’s glitterati: the Heart of a Child Ball.

The event, set to get under way at 6 p.m., on Feb. 8, at Cross Creek Country Club, is a chance not only to dance the night away, but an opportunity to help the area’s victims of child abuse and neglect. The event is a major fund raiser for the Children’s Center of Surry and Yadkin.

This year’s sixth annual Heart of a Child Ball features a silent auction, dinner and dancing to the music of the famed beach band The Embers.

Once again, WXII 12 meteorologist Austin Caviness is set to emcee the night’s festivities.

This year’s event begins with an informal time where those attending can bid on items through a silent auction.

“We have some great items up for auction this year,” said Organizer Robin Testerman. “They include a chef’s experience where a chef will come to your home and prepare dinner for you and your guests, we have a two-night stay at Grove Park Inn in Asheville, original artwork by local artists and football tickets for an Appalachian State game with behind-the-scenes access.”

Following the silent auction, dinner prepared by country club staff will be served, followed by a night of dancing.

“We’re looking forward to another great event this year, and we’re hoping it will help us support our kids,” Testerman said. “This is a major fund-raiser for us and is critical to our being able to provide programs for children and families in the county. Both our shelters are full right now and this will support us throughout the year. We’re overwhelmed with referrals and needs in the community, and the money raised through the Ball will help us address those needs.”

Testerman said that out of 250 tickets printed for the event, about 10 are left.

“The ticket sales have been really great, we have people calling for tickets who have never attended before, partly because of the word getting out and partly because of The Embers,” she said.

But while ticket sales have been brisk, Testerman said she still needs a business or organization to step up as a Gold Sponsor.

“It costs $1,500 to be a gold sponsor, but with that investment you get your company logo on all materials listing your business as a lead sponsor, a newspaper ad recognizing your company as a sponsor and eight tickets to the event,” she said. “The tickets themselves would cost $400.”

For tickets, more information or to sign up as a sponsor, contact the Children’s Center at 336-386-3144 or email Vickie Snow-Hutcherson at

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