Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) recently announced The CVHN Big Give: 2018 Caftans and Cocktails.

Formerly known as the Hurricane Party, this event is in its 14th year, and in 2017 raised more than $62,000 to put toward CVHN’s mission.

Taking place at Bud and Alleys in Seaside, The CVHN Big Give is set for Sept. 28 from 6-10 p.m. The CVHN staff and board agreed that this was an appropriate time to bring a new spin and focus to this well-attended fundraiser.

“We are so excited for this event to change gears and raise more money for CVHN. The Hurricane Party was near and dear to our hearts, but after 13 years and multiple devastating hurricanes, we decided it was time for the name to change,” said Sarah Svoboda, board chair. “Changing the name to The CVHN Big Give will refocus the community’s efforts on raising money for our mission through this exclusive, signature event.”

The CVHN Big Give is a Caribbean-themed evening with live music, a delicious buffet, live auction and silent auction. This year’s live auction items, including a seven-night stay in a villa on the island of Anguilla, a private group wine dinner with a local French wine scholar, and a stay in a Key West home, are sure to cause a bidding frenzy. The silent auction is also packed full with tickets to local events, staycations, and exclusive items from local businesses.

“CVHN relies heavily on community participation for our signature fundraisers. We could not do the work we do without the support of each and every member of our community,” said Kelly Thompson, CVHN development director. “To watch everyone gather together to donate items, sponsor, purchase tickets, or volunteer for this event is astounding. We are incredibly blessed.”

All proceeds go to CVHN, which spends 94 cents of every dollar on its programs. CVHN provides kids in Walton and Okaloosa counties with access to health care through its three major programs — the Mobile Dental Clinic that visits elementary schools and other local charities, a network of volunteer providers, and the CVHN Dental Clinic in Santa Rosa Beach.

Tickets are limited and will be $150 each. They can be purchased on the CVHN website, www.cvhnkids.org. For more information or if your business is interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Kelly Thompson at 850-622-3200 ext. 101 or kellyt@cvhnkids.org.

Already signed on as sponsors for the event are Setco, Krueger, Fosdyck & Associates of Merrill Lynch, Hancock Whitney Bank, Wavefly, Shoreline Title, LLC., Dermatology Specialists of Florida, and The Jay Odom Group.