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Over the last eight years, the collaborative efforts of Carina’s family, friends, and the community have successfully raised over $160,000 while assisting over 800 families at the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center at Akron Children's Hospital. Each year, the event continues to grow with last year’s attendance exceeding 300 guests who enjoyed great wine, a tapas menu donated by area restaurants, and fabulous prize packages. The event is held in memory of Carina Ruth Ann Britz who died in 2009 and was a palliative care patient. Carina's mother and family and friends plan the event which benefits palliative care's Courage for Carina Gift Card Fund, which provides funds to purchase gift cards for patient families to buy items such as groceries, clothing, gasoline and other necessities.

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