Hilton Head's Volunteers in Medicine to host fundraiser Saturday

abredeson@islandpacket.comNovember 4, 2013 

Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island serves about 3,000 patients under the age of 18 every year, according to director of development and communications Linda Bloom.

But the volunteer-run clinic needs help to fund the medical, dental and mental health care they provide for children and their families who live or work on Hilton Head or Daufuskie islands.

To help with the costs, the clinic will host its third annual Dance for the Kids from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.

This year's theme is "Celebrating 20 Years of Healing," in recognition of the group's youth immunization program that began when the clinic was started in 1993. Proceeds will go directly to youth programming and services, Bloom said.

The evening will include a cocktail reception with Hilton Head pianist Don Hite, dinner, dancing, live music by the 10-piece Del Baroni Orchestra, a silent auction and a live auction.

The event is also a good opportunity for people to meet the organization's new executive director, Dr. Raymond Cox, Bloom said.

About 300 tickets were sold as of Monday, and there are still a few seats available. Last year's event raised $60,000; the goal this year is to raise $90,000, Bloom said.

"This event is extremely important," Bloom said. "Number one, it's our major fundraiser for the year. And number two, we selected this theme to honor the 20th anniversary of Volunteers in Medicine because in the first year of the program immunizations were provided to the island's children. Funds will provide desperately-needed services for youth, including health care, dental care and mental health care."

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