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Child Development Resources to Host Garden Party, Live Auction

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

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

CDR’s Live Auction and Garden Party will be held on Saturday, May 14 on the South Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg from 4 to 6 p.m.

The event will benefit CDR, a nonprofit 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 that the garden party is part of the organization’s special events programs, which help connect with the public.

“They’re just really instrumental in helping us raise funds for programs, but also engaging with the community to let them know what CDR does,” she said.

In March, CDR held its 44th annual Bid n’ Buy auction; 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 were feeling isolated and overwhelmed by challenges, and that’s something we can all relate to these past few years,” CDR’s Executive Director Paul Scott said in a March 24 release. “The enthusiasm our supporters, sponsors, and attendees showed 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 the babies, young children and families in need of early intervention and other services.

CDR holds 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 that support from attendees, sponsors and donors help the organization thrive.

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

Tickets to the Garden Party and live auction are available online at

For more information on CDR, visit its website.

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