Large crowd turns out for seventh annual Gala for Children

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By Kathryn Jacewicz, Staff writer

A Taste of Brunswick County at this year’s Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, Inc.’s Seventh Annual Benefit Gala for Children was the highlight of the evening, Cynthia Tart, executive director, said.

About 20 local restaurants provided the 650 Gala attendees with samples of their best cuisine. A silent and live auction captured the guests’ interests, and live entertainment was provided by Wilmington band The 360-Degrees.

“I think based on community participation and business participation and attendance that night, it was a huge success,” Tart said. “I just feel really blessed because people did come out and support.”

Tart said even with Gala attendance up from last year, the gala raised about $115,000, which is a third short of the projected total. Tart said CIS is not meeting its yearly budget, and the board will have to look to other fundraising options.

“Cutting programs for the kids and families who really need it’s really not an option,” she said. “If we didn’t have the participation from the community and its support, we wouldn’t be able to provide the type of programs we do.”