Exchange Club to hold 24th auction and party

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The Exchange Club of Beaufort will host its 24th Annual Auction and Party on Saturday, November 19, at The Shed in Port Royal. Proceeds from this event benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA), Beaufort’s local shelter for abused and neglected children. Over its 23-year history, the auction has helped raise more than $573,500 for CAPA.
“For over 24 years, the Exchange Club of Beaufort has been a strong advocate for child abuse prevention in our community,” said Susan Cato, executive director of CAPA. “We have seen an increase in the need for services and the funds raised from the Auction allow us to continue to provide the needed educational and support programs for the children, parents and families in our community.”
CAPA’s Open Arms Shelter for Abused and Neglected Children accepts placements from Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Allendale and Colleton Counties. The shelter provides a safe haven and emotional support to children in their greatest hours of need. Since opening the shelter’s doors in 1985, over 2,000 children, from birth to 21 years old, have resided in the shelter. CAPA also offers outreach programs at low or no cost to the community. These programs include character building classes for children and youth, parenting classes and support groups, and teen pregnancy prevention education. Local teachers, youth workers and others who come in contact with children through their line of work receive training from CAPA on how to identify and report abuse.
The event boasts more than 150 donated items for both live and silent auctions. The items include handcrafted tables and original oils and watercolors painted by local artists and admission to Ace Basin Tours, Chimney Rock, Jacksonville Zoo, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Carolina State Museum, Carolina Opry, Asheville Art Museum, an Annual Park Passport to all state parks and tickets to Disney World.
Join us for an “evening of hope for the children.” Dress is casual. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased ahead of time or at the door. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., the silent auction begins once doors open and the live auction will begin at 7:00 p.m. Cash bar available and light appetizers will be served.
Grab some friends and roll up your sleeves for an evening full of fun and fundraising for a good cause. For ticket information or to make a donation, call Ron Voegeli at 843.812.2796 or email the club at exchagneclubbft@gmail.com. Visit www.exchangeclubofbeaufort.org.