CHARLESTON — A fundraiser on the South Carolina coast is intended to help zoos and aquariums affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Wednesday’s event at the South Carolina Aquarium benefits the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It will also raise money for the American Red Cross which is helping the victims of the tsunami.

The event includes Japanese food provided by Charleston-area restaurants, live music and a silent auction. In addition, guests are able to explore the aquarium’s exhibits.