The Association of Bragg Spouses will be hosting its Miami VICE (Very Important Charity Event) on Saturday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Iron Mike Conference Center. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all of the proceeds from the ABS auction will go to scholarships and welfare grants to applicants who completed their applications by March 31.
Their motto is, “Service first, friends always.”
“We want to meet, socialize, have fun, but then raise money for the community,” Tara Marrow, ABS president said.
“We raise money for scholarships that go directly to the dependents—not just children, spouses also. Another thing we do is [providing] welfare grants: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, you name it,” said Spring Fundraiser Chair Ashley Fletcher.
According to their website, ABS is “a place for spouses to get together and enjoy fellowship for the better of the Fort Bragg community.”
“The event is geared towards anybody, not just members, not just spouses,” Fletcher said. While the auction is open to the public, anyone who wishes to attend must already have arrangements made to get access onto Fort Bragg the night of the event.
Marrow enjoys the diversity of the members.
“We come from all different units, all different backgrounds and we all walk in and we’re all equals. Anybody can volunteer; anybody can be a part of it,” she said.
“Last year the theme was ‘Denim and Diamonds,’ but this year we decided to do something different and chose ‘Miami Vice,’” Fletcher said. They switched up the theme to entice possible future members.
The deadline to register for the event is April 10. Tickets are $30 and will automatically enter the purchaser for a drawing to win a $100 opportunity ticket prize. Tables seat eight and are available at $210 which averages about $25 per person. If you would like to purchase tickets in-person you can on April 10 at The Bub, the ABS organization’s store inside the Soldier Support Center.
Dinner is included and will consist of roast pork, black beans and rice and plantains. If you do not eat pork, chicken and tilapia options are available. There will be a cash bar, a Miami VICE signature drink and DJ Mogul Music will be playing 80’s themed music. Guests are encouraged to dress with the theme but are also welcome to come as they wish.
Part of the auction will be silent. The other portion will be a traditional, paddle-style auction. Auction items range from fitness classes, cooking classes, jewelry, works by local artists, spa treatments, lunch certificates, books, a basketball donated by the Charlotte Hornets and VIP passes to local businesses.
Recipients of the scholarships and grants will be announced May 10 at the members-only Emmys Luncheon.
Memberships to ABS cost $25 per year, but applications are closed until their new year begins in September with their Super Sign-Up event after members and the board returns from their break over the summer.
Next year their goal is to expand membership. “Fort Bragg is one of the biggest bases, with a small club so we want more membership, more involvement,” Marrow said.
“Many of us have given up our careers to follow our husbands and take care of our children. It definitely has been an outlet for me to be creative,” Fletcher said.
If you have any questions you can contact Ashley Fletcher via email at fortbraggabsspringfundraiser@gmail.com. Tickets are available online at the ABS website fortbraggabs.org.