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Everyone partied up a storm at East Cooper Community Outreach’s annual Hurricane Party and Anniversary Fundraiser at the Omar Shrine Temple on Friday, September 24. People eagerly perused the extensive silent auction before hitting a buffet catered by The Point Grill and settling down to festively decorated tables. Charleston party band Plane Jane made sure no one sat still for long however, and guests crowded onto the dance floor to bust a move to covers ranging from Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally” to Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister”.

The crowd alternated between the dance floor and the auction throughout the night, and with the fantastic array auction items, it was no surprise that more than a few bidding wars broke out. Among the plethora of coveted prizes were a golf cart, beautiful artwork, a kayak, a massage package from Massage Envy, and a bed and breakfast package at the Post House. “My wife won’t let me bid on this one,” one gentleman grumbled, staring longingly at the Yamaha moped. The auction came to an end and party goers reluctantly filtered out into the night as yet another successful Hurricane Party drew to a close.

East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) is an ecumenical organization that was founded in 1989 with the mission of providing emergency disaster relief and helping people in need in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. ECCO created their annual Hurricane Party in 1989 to help raise money to combat the devastating effects of Hurricane Hugo on the Lowcountry. Today the fundraiser continues to benefit those neighbors in need. This year's Hurricane Party attracted over 650 attendees and raised over $105,000 from ticket sales and sponsorships prior to the start of the auction.