Sights & Scenes: Royal Vagabonds Sweetheart Ball

Shown are revelers enjoying the Vagabond Ball.

Royal Vagabonds Mingle and Dance For a Cause – The Royal Vagabonds held thier 43rd Sweethearts Ball welcoming hundreds of guests for an evening of dinner, dancing and philanthropy at UNF ‘s Herbert Center.  Over the last 10 years the group has contributed tens of thousands for scholarships to college students, healthcare facilities, homeless shelters and houses of worship. Funding is distributed to students for housing, books and transportation needs for students matriculating to Florida A&M, Bethune Cookman University, Savannah State and South Carolina State. Funds have also supported the Clara White Mission feeding programs and Jacksonville Center for Rehabilitation healthcare nursing home residents. “Each year we raise more funds to bless others, it is our mission to stay focus on our college students and giving back to our community,” said President Seabon Dixon. The annual ball patrons were serenaded by the 7th Street Band, a catered dinner and friendly good to see you hugs and conversation. The annual dance showcases the clubs accomplishments, melanin connections, and chapter success. Each year the club fundraising efforts include their annual golf tournament, sweetheart dance, card games and community volunteerism. The Royal Vagabond Club was incorporated in 1948, as a social and civic organization by professional men in the community with the desire to have a positive presence in the community for Blacks during the years of Jim Crow and segregation.

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