Children's Relief Fund presents new event, new date


A Spring Fling will replace the Valentine's Dance as this year's annual event for the Children's Relief Fund.

The annual Evening of Love, which is the primary fundraiser for the organization that supports special needs children and their families, is scheduled for March 24 at the Westin on Hilton Head Island.

After 21 years, Rose Fotia, the non-profit's founder and driving force, thought it was time for a change.

"We'll still have our Evening of Love for the children this year," said Rose, "but with a new twist."

Spring Fling includes a cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres, dinner, music for dancing, and silent and live auctions featuring dozens of items. As in the past, surprise dinner entertainment has been planned.

Tickets are $150 per person.

For 26 years, the Children's Relief Fund has been helping the Lowcountry's special needs children and their families. CRF funds programs that include Special Olympics, Heroes on Horseback, several summer camps, a summer Strive Camp and Fish with Friends.

CRF teamed up with the local Kiwanis and Island Rec Center to create one of the most advanced handicapped accessible playgrounds in the southeast.

CRF fulfills both tangible and intangible needs for families, providing funding for much-needed equipment such as wheelchairs, prosthetics and medical supplies, and financial support for physical, occupational, behavioral and speech therapies as well as life-enriching programs.

For more information and tickets, call Fotia at 843-681-7668 or 843-342-5267, or email

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