YOU ARE INVITED TO FOUNDERS' BALL ON BRAVO TV'S SOUTHERN CHARM
Founders' Ball is a celebration of the great men (and unsung women) who created the city we love, Charleston, South Carolina. From the beginning with Lord Anthony Ashley Cooper and the Lords Proprietors through Manigaults, Pinckneys, Rutledges, Nicholas Trott, Stede Bonnet, William Moultrie, Francis Marion, Christopher Gadsden, Robert Mills, William Aiken, and Wade Hampton (to merely skim the surface of great names), Charleston is a creation of wonder that we marvel at each day we walk these historic streets.
This year we celebrate Lord Anthony Ashley Cooper, the first Earl of Shaftesbury and the 8 Lord Proprietors. We are honored to have his direct descendant Lord Nicholas Edmund Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury as our Honorary Chairman.
Here is a brief introduction to the Lords Proprietors:
On March 24, 1663, Charles II granted to the Lords Proprietors a slice of North America running from the Atlantic to the Pacific, lying between 36 degrees north latitude on the north and 31 degrees on the south. This huge section of continent was granted absolutely to the following men, to be financed by them, and for them to profit by, and to rule, with the help or interference of such a local government as they might permit. Above them was only the King. In the order named in Charles' charter they were: the Earl of Clarendon, the Duke of Albemarle, Lord Craven, Lord Berkeley, Lord Ashley, Sir George Carteret, Sir William Berkeley, and Sir John Colleton. The most important of these was Lord Ashley (Anthony Ashley Cooper), who specified the street plan for the new city and whose secretary, the philosopher John Locke, wrote the Fundamental Constitution of Carolina.
Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury (1621 1683), was the most versatile and brilliant of the Lords Proprietors.The laws he helped to write produced the greatest measure of political and religious freedom in British North America (and, indeed, in much of the world).
Founders Ball is presented by Social Primer Social Club.
SOCIAL PRIMER SOCIAL CLUB
is a social club which hosts parties held at historic South Carolina Society Hall in Charleston, South Carolina.
is a throwback to classic dance halls and supper clubs of Charleston’s past where cultivated members know each other and dance to a band inside one of Charleston’s most historic buildings.
is a place for gentlemen and their dates. Jacket & Tie required. Black tie on special occasions (Founders’ Ball, New Year’s Eve)
is a place to drink, dance and be merry. Events feature a Carolina Shag band, top shelf open bar and Midnight breakfast buffet breakfast.
SP Social Club is limited to 125 members who pay annual membership dues.
Candidates for membership must be nominated by two club members and approved by the Founders’ Committee.