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Fund Raiser Will Benefit Children from St. Croix to Uganda

Oct. 5, 2008 — Real-estate agents are raising money on St. Croix to help local children as well as children in Uganda with Real Affair, a fund raiser scheduled for Saturday at the Palms at Pelican Cove that will benefit Projecto SAL and Aidchild.
The goal of the event is not only to raise money but also raise awareness of the two organizations, organizers say.
"This is an important event for St. Croix, the children of our community and those in Uganda," said Ness Fennessey, event coordinator and a real estate agent with Calabash Real Estate. "I wanted to get some Realtor friends together with some other generous volunteers to help make a difference in the lives of children."
Projecto SAL is located mid island in Estate Profit on St. Croix and has been run by Jose and Edith Sanchez. In the past it has provided a safe haven for children, with the Sanchez family welcoming any child who stopped by and giving homework help, hugs, books and more. But the facility is presently closed, according to Realtor Kelly Simon.
Spearheading the fund raiser is Joel Ureta, a real estate agent with Farchette and Hanley. He has become very involved with Projecto SAL and is coordinating an effort to rebuild the facility. He believes that with a renovated facility the children will have a better opportunity for success.
Aidchild is led by St. Croix's Nathanial Dunnigan and fights to improve the lives of children living with AIDS in Uganda. The children that Aidchild supports have been orphaned, abandoned and abused, and are living with AIDS. They require intensely specialized care, including medical care, AIDS-specific treatment, food, clothing, housing, education and psychosocial support.
"We as Realtors are in a unique position," said Vicky Pedersen, an agent with Crucian Properties. "We introduce the island of St. Croix to many people who dream of calling this beautiful island home. This is a great opportunity for us to pay forward our love of this island to the children of St. Croix and help support the mission of one of our own."
The affair at The Palms will include dinner, dancing and a live auction.
Although The Real Affair is not affiliated with the St. Croix Board of Realtors, volunteers are involved from several real estate agencies, including RE/MAX, Crucian Properties, Farchette and Hanley, Coldwell Banker, Hamilton Real Estate and Calabash Real Estate.
The doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $75 for an individual ticket and $140 for a pair of tickets in advance. The cost per ticket at the door will be $85. For more information, call Kelly Simon at 514-8326 or Ness Fennessey at 277-4667.
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