The news segment also featured four (4) students of The Clark Academy of Irish Dance who will be providing top notch entertainment with The Bob Kuban Band at the March 2nd gala. Two of the students performed with their group when they auditioned for NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent” on May 29 during the televised show at The Fox Theater here in St. Louis. Their amazing dance routine to the song hit “The Time” recorded by the Black-Eyed Peas brought everyone to their feet for a thunderous standing ovation.
All three celebrity judges, Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandell, voted them to advance to the next audition round for a chance to win the top prize of one million dollars and a Vegas show opportunity. Although they did make it to Vegas for “America’s Got Talent,” their rise to stardom ended there after surpassing thousands of other entertainers across the country that auditioned. However, The Clark Academy Irish dancers are gearing up to put on a specatcular show for the Shamrock Ball guests.
Mayor Matthew Robinson will be joining three other North County elected mayors from Black Jack, Ferguson and Florissant as hosts for this year’s Mayors’ Shamrock Ball at Delmar Garden’s beautiful Garden Villas North, 4505 Parker Road, in Black Jack. Approximately 500 people are expected to show up for this all-night affair, each paying $100 a ticket. Those interested in purchasing a limited number of $100 tickets still available for tonight’s soirée can do so by purchasing them online at www.valleyind.net and then picking them up at the door at the event.
This year is the first time Mayor James Knowles, III, of Ferguson has joined the other three mayors as program hosts. The foursome includes Mayor Norman McCourt of Black Jack, Mayor James Knowles, III, of Ferguson, Mayor Tom Schneider of Florissant, and Mayor Matthew Robinson of Hazelwood. The addition of Ferguson’s mayor has allowed event organizers to expand the Ball by opening the door for other North County residents and businesses to participate. Several state, county and local officials are expected to be on hand in support along with area business leaders.
Guests will enjoy going around and sampling delicious food, hors d’oeuvres and pastries at several food stations set up around the dining hall and manned by the following restaurants and catering services: Catering to You; Choices Catering; Delmar Gardens, Helfer’s Pastries and Deli, Meyer’s Country Cottage and Irish Pub, Matthingly’s Sports Bar & Grill; Piccolino’s Italian Grocer, and Yacovelli’s is sponsoring the open bar.
They will also get to dance the night away to the top-tapping sounds of the popular Bob Kuban Band. In a recent poll published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Bob Kuban Band ranked second only to the Grammy Award winning St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as people’s favorite choice. At this year’s Mayors’ Shamrock Ball, the band plans to keep the place rockin’ with bandstand favorites and standards as well as present-day hits.
Other perks include turning in their punch cards for visiting all the food stations for a chance to win attendance prizes. Guests can also purchase $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win one of two fabulous prizes. One of them is a Treasure Chest of Happiness filled with assorted liquors valued at $500. The other is an authentic NFL football autographed by St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. Plus, a Party in the Penthouse on the third floor will enable guests to cool down from their dancing and schmooze with friends and new acquaintances.
Each year, Valley Industries selects two workers of the year to be crowned King and Queen of the Shamrock Ball. This year’s winners are Mike Riner and Lynette Roberson. The runner-ups are Mark Averill and Mary Beth Webb.