Rady Children’s Auxiliary-Del Mar Unit is hosting its annual Hats Off to Children fundraising event on Thursday, April 4 at Cucina Enoteca in the Del Mar Flower Hill Promenade. The event will unite community members in an effort to help raise awareness and funds for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). The condition can lead to a wide variety of learning and behavioral issues that are often misdiagnosed as ADHD or Autism. Once a child develops FASD, it is a lifelong, incurable condition.

To help sufferers of FASD, Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones leads research and diagnosis efforts into FASD at Rady Children’s Hospital as well as administers life-changing treatment programs for children. One such program is the Math Interactive Learning Experience (MILE) an evidence-based math intervention program that teaches children with FASD how to focus and organize their thoughts, decrease impulsive responding and increase positive behavior in the classroom and beyond.

At Hats Off to Children, guests will have the opportunity to take an active role in helping support these programs and improve the lives of children with FASD. The luxurious event also has an exciting schedule of social activities planned. Following a short program, a delicious lunch will be served, with a fashion show hosted by TRE Boutique and Hats by Aimee Fuller which will feature upcoming spring designs. Additionally, shopping at TRE following the event will benefit FASD, as TRE will donate back a percentage of sales. Net proceeds from ticket sales and the auction will also support the MILE program and other mental health support services for families of children with FASD.