Hundreds Help Raise Money for Children's Charities

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By Larry Burkum

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A special silver celebration took place Friday night to raise money for children's charities in eastern Iowa.

About 400 people gathered at the Cedar Rapids Marriott for the 25th anniversary of Spirits of Spring. They sampled wine, beer, specialty cheeses and hors d'oeuvres from 14 vendors.

The event is a fundraiser for Variety, the Children's Charity.

"The funding that we raise tonight goes to something that we do with our charity process. So the non-profits around eastern Iowa apply for money and money from this solely goes to the non-profits that ask for it," said Keeley Smith, executive director of Variety, the Children's Charity.

KCRG TV9's Nicole Agee was the emcee for Friday night's event.
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