MYRTLE BEACH — Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is among the expected attendees and speakers at the Kicks and Ties Gala on Feb. 9 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the building fund for Hope House of Myrtle Beach, a charity that assists Myrtle Beach High students who are homeless or in need.
The event is sponsored by Athlete’s Impact, a non-profit founded by Myrtle Beach High graduate Akeem Hemingway that focuses on developing discipline and building positive characteristics in youth through athletics.
Hemingway, the personal trainer to Myrtle Beach High grad and NBA player Ramon Sessions, recently learned Hope House was searching for ways to raise funds.
“My wheels started turning from there,” Hemingway said. “I wanted to help immediately so I put together the Kicks and Ties Gala to raise money for them. I just want to give back to my community, that’s the most important thing.”
Hope House was founded and is operated by Mary Canty Goings, the director of guidance at Myrtle Beach High.
Dee Dee Alston, executive director for Athlete’s Impact and fundraising chairperson for Hope House of Myrtle Beach, said Hope House currently has a clothing and food closet at the high school, and provides other support including rental assistance.
The charity is raising funds to build a transitional home for its beneficiaries, where they can live in a positive atmosphere while pursuing a high school degree.
Suggested attire for the Kicks and Ties Gala is formal with the exception of sneakers. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. Organizers prefer tickets be purchased in advance for planning purposes by calling Alston at 843-241-0969 or visiting www.kicksandties.charityhappenings.org, though tickets will also be sold at the door.
The schedule includes a cocktail reception and silent auction with entertainment from the Tru Sol band, followed by notable speakers including Golson and fellow Myrtle Beach High graduates Britannia Canty, who scored more than 2,000 points in high school, and Clemson University kicker Spencer Benton.
Seahawks football coach Mickey Wilson Jr. is also scheduled to speak, and speakers are expected to relate how athletics have positively impacted their lives.
The event includes a dinner and champagne toast. Hemingway is trying to reunite the Seahawks’ 2002 state championship basketball team, of which he’s a member, at the event.
Attendees are asked to bring a new or gently used pair of sneakers to be distributed to children through Athlete’s Impact.
Contact ALAN BLONDIN at 626-0284.