Child development resources for hosting a garden party, live auction

Child Development Resources hosts events throughout the year, including auctions, to raise funds and engage with the community. (Courtesy of Jenny O’Donnell)

WILLIAMSBURG — Child Development Resources (CDR) will hold its second annual Garden Party with a live auction in May.

The CDR Live Auction and Garden Party will take place on Saturday, May 14 on the South Lawn of Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The event will benefit CDR, a non-profit organization that serves families with infants and toddlers in Williamsburg, James City County, York County and Poquoson.

The organization provides resources to families in the community with children who have developmental delays or disabilities, and other risk factors.

CDR Communications Development Associate Jenny O’Donnell said the garden party is part of the organization’s special event programs, which help connect with the public.

“They really help us fundraise for the programs, but they also engage with the community to let them know what CDR is doing,” she said.

In March, the CDR held its 44th edition Bid n’ Buy auctions; a silent auction that raised more than $118,000 for the organization.

The Bid n’ Buy auction was CDR’s first in-person auction in three years.

“CDR was created to help families who felt isolated and overwhelmed by challenges, and that’s something we can all relate to over the past few years,” CDR executive director Paul Scott said in a statement. of March 24. “The enthusiasm our supporters, sponsors and participants have shown for the little ones we serve is amazing and heartwarming.”

Ferguson Cares was the presenting sponsor of the event, which saw online and in-person bidders, supporters, sponsors and volunteers raise funds for babies, young children and families in need of early intervention and other services.

CDR hosts several events throughout the year to raise money for its families, including an Oyster Roast and a SuperHero 5K.

The upcoming garden party and live auction will include food, music, a parent speaker and a paddle raise.

O’Donnell said the support of participants, sponsors and donors helps the organization thrive.

“They make all the difference and they really help us educate the public about CDR and the families we serve,” she said.

Tickets for the Garden Party and Live Auction are available online at

For more information on CDR, to visit his website.

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