On Thursday June 24th, theÂ Committee to Benefit the Children (“CBC”)Â will be holding its 12th annual Caribbean Sunsplash fundraiser at Cavanaugh’s Riverdeck. TheÂ CBC is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-based charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and their families whoÂ are afflicted withÂ cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders. Established in 1980, the CBC has been serving patients and families in the Delaware Valley and beyond who are treated at the Hematology-Oncology Division of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. To date, the charity has raised more than $2.5 million for children in need, with all funds allocated toÂ the much neglectedÂ psycho-social needs of patients, whichÂ are absolutely vital in the treatment of these devastatingÂ diseases.
Some examples of the types of non-medical expenses the charity provides for are meal vouchers, parking, snacks and toys while in treatment, family living expenses, health insurance, prosthetics (including wigs), child care, counseling, referral services and funeral expenses.Â Most of these costs are not covered by health insurance, and the CBC fills an integralÂ void. Having learned about the charity through a Facebook account of a friend andÂ CBCÂ committee member, the charity also demonstrates the type of awareness that can be generated through social media, and howÂ Facebook, MySpace and Twitter can be used as instruments for altruistic good. Please spread the word!
The Sunsplash fundraiser and silent auction is sure to be an amazing time for a great cause. Tickets are $40 in advance ($50 at the door) for aÂ two-hour open bar, buffet style dinner, and freeÂ t-shirt.Â Advance tickets can be purchased at www.cbckids.org.