A fundraiser for South Carolina's children - SC First Steps

A fundraiser for South Carolina's children

At South Carolina First Steps we know that raising children isn’t easy. This last year had been particularly tough for parents and their little ones. That’s why community is so important. Because for parents to be the best moms and dads they can be, sometimes they need a little extra help. At First Steps, we mobilize a community of caring individuals like you, to come alongside families. To make sure they have what they need to raise healthy, thriving children who start school ready for success.

First Steps is a nonprofit investing in the future of South Carolina through programs and services that help infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. We’re in the home, helping new parents learn the skills they need to build a bright future for their little ones. We’re in child care centers, making sure every child has access to the best early learning opportunities. We’re in pediatric clinics, helping spot and address concerns early before they hold children back. We’re in your community. With a First Steps nonprofit affiliate in every county in the state, we’re local people meeting local needs. From providing cleaning supplies for childcares to food boxes for families in need, our local partnerships went above and beyond this year, stretching their resources to help more families in more ways than ever.

That’s why this is the year we are launching our inaugural fundraising event, A Night to Celebrate Community. It will be held in The Hall at Senate's End in Columbia on Thursday, April 28, 6-10 p.m. All proceeds will be distributed to the local community partnerships directly serving children and families in South Carolina.

Please join us in making Celebrate Community a night to remember and a big success for our state's young children!


Volunteer for our event planning committee. Help plan and host our event. You'll not only make a difference, but you'll have fun doing it! For details, contact Betty Gardiner at 803-734-0219 or bgardiner@scfirststeps.org.

Be a sponsor. The support from our sponsors ensures that 100% of the event's proceeds go directly to the First Steps nonprofits that serve young children and families. See a listing of our generous sponsors here.

Donate now. Anytime you give to South Carolina First Steps, you make a direct impact on children, families, and communities right here in South Carolina. Give here.

Buy a ticket. Join us for a night of fun to benefit local First Steps nonprofits that directly serve young children, their families and communities.

Attendees at “A Night to Celebrate Community” can expect to have a fun, celebratory evening listening to live music by the band The Mighty Kicks, eating delicious food from Dupre Catering, tasting desserts from bakers around the state, enjoying great beverages, and relaxing outside with games and activities.

Purchase your ticket here.

*Must be 21+ years old to attend this event. To assure event attendees, we will follow DHEC guidelines to ensure everyone’s health and safety. Also, the venue includes indoor and outdoor spaces. * Cocktail attire

South Carolina First Steps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. 

Topics: Local Partnerships


Georgia Mjartan

Georgia Mjartan is the executive director of South Carolina First Steps and the South Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council.

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