Staff Report for The Island Connection
The beautiful, oceanside Sandcastle on Kiawah Island will be the site of the 2019 Marine Corps Birthday Ball from 6-10 p.m., Monday, November 11, reports Kiawah Island resident and Marine Corps veteran, Jim Bannister, the Ball’s Co-Chairman.
“There hasn’t been a Marine Corps Birthday celebration on the sea islands for several years, so my fellow Co-Chairman, Justin Follmer, a Johns Island businessman and Marine Corps veteran, and I decided to not only revive the custom, but also make it even larger, grander and more inclusive than ever before.
We are opening up the event to all Marine Corps active duty and Reserve personnel along with their spouses/guests, as well as Marine veterans, spouses and other guests who want to help celebrate this highly revered Marine Corps tradition. We especially invite veterans of all other U.S. military branches and their guests,” informs Bannister.
“We are already experiencing considerable interest and support for the 2019 Birthday Ball. Our “The Few . . . The Proud” sponsorship level already includes five individuals and businesses which have contributed $1,500 each to help ensure the event’s early success. We are also offering “Semper Fi” sponsorships at $1,000 each and “Devil Dog” sponsorships at $500 each. All sponsorship levels include tickets to the event. Individual tickets will be available for sale once we have the sponsorships filled,” reports Justin Follmer, the Ball’s Co-Chairman.
Birthday Ball attendees will enjoy a delicious family-style, sit-down dinner prepared by a leading local caterer, as well as an open bar throughout the evening and dancing to live music performed by a popular area band.
The evening’s activities will also include all the traditional elements of a Marine Corps Birthday celebration including a formal presentation of the colors by a Marine detail, video of the Commandant of the Marine Corps Official Birthday Message, ceremonial sword cutting of the cake and other Marine customs.
Persons interested in being a sponsor and/ or attending the Birthday Ball may contact Jim Bannister at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorship checks should be made payable to Marine Corps Birthday Ball and mailed to 377 Green Winged Teal Road, Kiawah Island, SC 29455-5616.