The South Carolina Yacht Club will host Miss South Carolina 2021 Julia Herrin, a Bluffton native, at a community-wide Send Off to Miss America tea party from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 21.

Friends and organizers invite their fellow locals to join them in sending Herrin best wishes before representing the state of South Carolina in the 100th Miss America competition on Dec. 16 in Uncasville, Conn.

A lifelong resident of Bluffton, Herrin was homeschooled through high school and matriculated to Auburn University Honors College to study piano performance and communications. She became involved in the Miss America organization at 13 to build self-confidence. Today, she runs a nonprofit organization and social impact initiative.

Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with Herrin, who has centered her platform on the message, #RealNotPerfect. As a social media mentor and advocate for young women, she will share her timely and critical message: “Turning Social Media Illiteracy into Empowerment: On the Effects of Social Media in Youth.”

Herrin will also include a piano performance, and there will be photo opportunities with her at the event.

Her platform, #RealNotPerfect, is a social impact initiative dedicated to curbing the rising tide of low self-esteem and depression through the education of social media literacy, allowing users to overcome the negative ramifications of social media and instead use it as a catalyst for change.

This event is open to the public, but space is limited. Tickets are $20 for individuals and $30 for families. The proceeds from ticket prices will be donated to Herrin’s #RealNotPerfect platform. To purchase tickets, visit miss-sc.org/shop and click on Tea Party Tickets.