Group’s silent art auction, raffle raising money to build youth safe house

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The second annual Project HeART fundraiser is taking place at the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conference Center in Myrtle Beach, and its big goal remains the same: to raise $100,000 for Sea Haven.

The nonprofit group hopes to build on the next phase of its mission to build a safe house for people between the ages of 18 and 24 with an art show silent auction.

“We only raised $15,000 last year, so we are still short the $85,000 they would need,” co-founder Carrie Camino said. More than 100 people attended the event in 2023. Organizers hope to double that number this year.

Camino said the space Sea Haven currently has for its 18 to 24-year-olds is not suitable for someone to stay and sleep.

“It’s a drop-in service that they have at the moment, and so once kids age out of foster care between 18 and 24 where do they go for help?” Camino said.

Hoping to answer that question, Camino and a group of like-minded women created the Project HeART fundraiser.

“We already have collected art from local artists around the area and we do have a piece from a famous artist in New York, which I am super excited about,” she said.

A majority of the artwork and raffle items are donated by people in the community and local businesses. The event will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.

Camino said if they don’t reach the $100,000 goal this year, then you can expect to see this event return for a third time or until the project is complete.

“The more funds that we get into Sea Haven’s hands, they are doing great things to serve the children of this community so whatever they are blessed with they are going to do incredible things,” Camino said.

Tickets are $25 and include food, drinks and raffle tickets. They are available at the door or online.

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