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Advocates for Children’s Spring Benefit takes bloom Saturday

Looking to raise more than $130,000, Advocates for Children’s ninth annual Spring Benefit will return Saturday.Starting at 6 p.m., the four-hour event will be presented at the Cartersville Country Club, 1310 Joe Frank Harris Parkway.

“Spring Benefit is Advocates’ largest annual fundraiser, which features a silent auction, cocktails, dinner, live music and an always entertaining live auction,” said Regina Shaw, who is co-chairing the event, along with Barbara Terry. “Our creative, talented Spring Benefit committee puts months of hard work into seeking out exceptional donations for our auction, some items local and others far reaching.

“Our guests look forward to bidding on these unique auction items with our bidding software that easily loads onto their phones. This bidding system allows the bidder to place a bid while sitting at their table or enjoying the company of friends and alerts them when they have been outbid. Our committee works hard to make sure everything is beautiful and each detail is the best it can be for our guests. We are very fortunate that our event costs are underwritten by generous community sponsorships so that 100 percent of the money raised that evening goes directly into funding Advocates’ programs.”

Formed in 1983, Advocates for Children assists more than 3,000 area youth and families each year. Along with operating Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter, the Cartersville-based organization provides numerous programs that aid in the awareness, prevention and treatment of child abuse.

“Spring Benefit is expected to be our largest event fundraiser for 2017 in terms of dollars raised,” said Amy Davis, Advocates’ director of development. “Last year, it grossed more than $130,000, and we hope to top that this year. As our first big event of this year, Spring Benefit can generate some positive momentum for us as we move into Duck Derby and other events ahead. Advocates relies on local support, including special events, for more than one-third of our overall $2.2 million budget. We receive competitive grants from state and federal sources, but these funds are not guaranteed from year to year, so we are constantly trying to increase the level of private support for Advocates.

“Advocates for Children provides direct care to children from birth to age 18 who have been victims of abuse and neglect. In addition to Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter and our Children’s Advocacy Center, we offer preventive and educational programming that focuses on crucial elements of family wellness. Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to provide resources, care and encouragement to children and families, but none of that would be possible without the community’s support. Healthy childhood experiences are not just good for children, but good for the entire community.”

With a limited amount of tickets still remaining, those interested are encouraged to secure their spot by visiting http://advochild.org/events/spring-benefit. Tickets are $150 per person and each raffle ticket costs $100.

“Our committee chose to move Spring Benefit to the Cartersville Country Club this year, and we’re excited to see how a new venue changes the event,” Davis said. “Regina, Barbara and all of the committee members do an amazing job with the auction packages, the décor and all the special touches. ... Beyond the raffle and auctions, we’ll offer guests some other fun and meaningful ways to support Advocates throughout the evening.

“We are so grateful for the support of our Spring Benefit sponsors, especially Publix Super Markets Charities. This is their second year as a major sponsor for this event, and they’ve been a great partner of Advocates for many years. We are also excited to welcome Target and Bruce Thompson Enterprises as first-time Spring Benefit sponsors this year.”

For more information about Advocates, call 770-387-1143 or go online to http://advochild.org.

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