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Juvenile diabetes is a heart-wrenching, debilitating disease, and Charlestonians turned out in droves to help fight this illness and show their love and support for those children afflicted at the Abby’s Friends Charity Golf Classic and Gala. The elegant, upbeat affair took place at the beautiful Daniel Island Club, where guests were welcomed with signature cocktails sweating prettily in their ice sculpture tray. After snagging a beverage, partygoers either stepped out to the porch to enjoy the stunning sunset over the marsh or hunkered down to peruse the extensive silent auction.


Savory bites whet bidders appetites as they pored over auction items, and gradually the crowd began to move toward the food stations and bar. Everyone took their time to mingle before lining up for fresh fish tacos, shrimp and grits, peppercorn tenderloin, or roasted turkey.


As they circulated between the food stations and tables, partygoers took time to study strategically placed posters bearing heart-wrenching photos of Juvenile Diabetes patients and statistics. Though the tone of the gala remained festive and partygoers began hitting the dance floor early in the night, the images had a potent effect, reminding everyone of the evening’s cause. Charleston band Plane Jane played hit after hit, and soon many partygoers could be spotted busting a move before the live auction.


Abby’s Friends Charity Golf Classic and Gala is the annual fundraiser hosted by Abby’s Friends, an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of Juvenile Diabetes. The Abby’s Friends Charity Golf Classic and Gala benefited the MUSC Children's Hospital Pediatric Endocrinology Department, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Camp Adam Fisher.