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Despite torrential rains and extensive flooding, a large crowd turned out to Fleet Landing Restaurant for the annual Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center annual dinner and auction, Chart a Course for Children. 

Those who attended shook off their raincoats before entering the warm and cozy space, where a large crowd of Charleston philanthropists and young professionals milled about chatting and enjoying a cocktail. Plastic wine glasses with LED lights added a bit of flare, and partygoers circulated through the space and out to the extensive silent auction, where they had the opportunity to bid on everything from spa packages to mirrors. The windows showcased hand-written facts regarding the number and demographics of the children helped by the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, and the somewhat sobering facts were a good reminder of the importance of the evening’s live and silent actions.

The silent auction drew to a close, and partygoers were invited to take their seats for the delicious three course meal and live auction as a volunteer made her way through the room holding the star of the evening’s auction, a chocolate labrador named Harry. Everyone oohed and ahhed over the eight week old puppy, and one partygoer could be overheard heckling his neighbor, “I hear you’re trying to take home our future dog tonight!”

Chart a Course for Children is the annual fundraiser for the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, which strives to keep children safe from abuse and when abuse occurs, to work with the community to bring healing to children and their families.