CVHN Hosts Hurricane Party at Bud & Alley's

October 11, 2013 by Leanne King

The Children's Volunteer Health Network's 9th annual Hurricane Party, held at local landmark Bud & Alley's, began with days of teasing sneak peaks into the amazing live and silent auction items that were available. Guests were welcome to begin their bidding online as the anticipation began to build. Some of the available items were:  5Days/4 Nights at Atlantis, Bahamas, Signature Catering of 30A,  a four-hour fishing charter and  ZOOM@ teeth whitening.

The food and views of Bud & Alley's make the popular Gulf front restaurant in Seaside the perfect choice for the annual Hurricane Party.  Owners Dave & Carol Rauschkolb were very hands-on in securing the success of the event. 

The first Hurricane Party was the initial fundraiser that brought startup funding for CVHN at its inception in 2005. The founding board members who planned the event were concerned that the busy hurricane season might negatively effect attendance. Despite the hurricane evacuations and clean up going on at the time, the community came out to support the cause and the event was a huge success.

Nine years later, the Hurricane Party has become a much-anticipated event by locals, CVHN supporters, and visitors to the area. 100% of the proceeds from the event benefit CVHN in its mission to facilitate free, immediate medical, dental, vision and mental healthcare to uninsured and underinsured school-aged children in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

"We are so grateful for all of the local businesses and business owners in the community who believe in our mission and sponsor or donate items to the auction to help us make this event so successful. Hurricane Party is truly a community event and we are so blessed to have such community support and be able to give back to the same community that the support stems from"  said Shaye Smith, CVHN Marketing & Events Coordinator. 

CVHN is in its 8th year and is running strong. Along with an incredibly generous network of local provider volunteers, CVHN added a two-chair Mobile Dental Clinic Program in 2008 and a standalone three chair Dental Clinic Program in 2012 to meet the overwhelming need for dental services.  Since inception in 2005, CVHN has facilitated more than 37,000 medical, dental, vision and mental health care procedures for more than 5,800 local children. Because our community is the primary funding source that makes CVHN possible, fundraisers like these are critical for CVHN to continue to meet the growing health care needs of our local children. 

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Living and writing in Tennessee, Leanne could no longer settle for temporary trips to the Emerald Coast. Realizing that she was holding her breath waiting for the next visit, she moved to be here where the breathing comes more easily and the living is more alive.

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