Leeza Gibbons raises funds for caretakers at Midlands event

Leeza Gibbons raises funds for caretakers at Midlands event

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) --On Saturday, hundreds of locals came together with local and national celebrities alike, all in honor of those in need.

The "Dare To Care" event was hosted by Leeza Gibbons to raise funds, awareness and support for her organization, Leeza's Care Connection.

The charity aims to assist caretakers caring for those with chronic illnesses, such as Alzheimer's.

The day kicked off with a family fun fair for adults and children alike to enjoy, followed by a health and wellness expo. The evening commenced with silent auctions, complete with the "Take the Dare Live" auction, where celebrities gave out dares for participants to do for the highest bidders.

Other displays included the Thigh Master Showdown with Suzanne Sommers and Barry Manilow singing "Copacabana".

Gibbons, best known as correspondent and co-host of Entertainment Tonight, says it's all in the name of helping those who spend their lives helping others.

"We help connect them to services," said Gibbons. "We help connect them to their strength. We help connect them to what they need to know to survive it for the long haul. So, we're there for the husbands and the wives and the sons and daughters, the family caregivers, the care partners...who have a very tough journey to walk."

The fundraiser lasted from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

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