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June 28, 2014

Easter Seals event helps children with special needs

VALDOSTA — Easter Seals hosted an event to bring together great food and great causes this week.

Formerly known as the Chocolate Classic, the Sweet Charity: Desserts for a Cause event raises money for Megan’s House, a respite house opened in 2011 that provides breaks for families caring for children with special needs. It is one of the three facilities operated by the Easter Seals in the area.

“It feels so great to give back to the local community,” says board member Tori Holmes.  

The event lasted from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Mathis

Auditorium. Area restaurant representatives from 306 North, Friends Bar and Grill, Longhorn Steakhouse, Atlanta Bread Company, Wiregrass restaurant, Mama June’s and The Cup and Cake Shop lined the walls with booths providing a variety of desserts while Elliano’s, Quality Wine and Spirits and Jay's Mountain Water provided beverages.

While enjoying food and drink, guests participated in a silent auction with a variety of items donated by local businesses.

December Storey, local family and house support coordinator, helped make this year’s event a success. Amy White, an Easter Seals board member and mother of a special-needs child, said without Storey, none of this would be possible.

“We appreciate everyone willing to come out and help those with special needs,” said Storey. “We’ve had a lot of donations and it’s great to see everyone cares so much about the cause.”

The Easter Seals provides much-needed assistance to those who have developmental disabilities, autism or who are medically fragile. The Easter Seals office is located at 610 N. Patterson St., where the staff can provide additional information about causes and services provided to the community.

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