The Children’s Advocacy Center received a donation for its fifth annual Angel’s Autumn Fest called “Jeans and Gems” on Sept. 27. The gala event will help fund CAC activities.
The center provides hope and healing to child abuse victims and their families, minimizes additional victimization as they interact with the system, and educates the community on the issue.
Shannon Gulick, in marketing at First National Bank, says the bank will not be represented at the gala so the decision was made to support the worthwhile cause as a sponsor.
“We can’t attend the event due to scheduling problems,” said Gulick. “We still wanted to support the Child’s Advocacy Center and be a sponsor.”
Among the facility’s future plans is to establish a support group for adolescents.
“We would like to offer them a place to go in the evening after school,” said CAC employee Connie McCormick. “We would like to offer arts and crafts, maybe in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It would be good for them, as well as the residents.”
Volunteering with seniors and working in groups is beneficial for children who may be troubled by issues they face, says McCormick.
“For one, it shows them that life is not all negative. When children are surrounded by negative, they think the world is that way. Also, when they get involved in activities, they will open up and talk about what’s going on in their lives. When they talk, it gives us an opportunity to discuss ways to deal with those situations.”
CAC employee Crystal Owens added, “Working in a group also gives them a chance to see they are not alone. They can see for themselves that others are going through some of the same things they are going through.”
“Overall, our goal is to increase their self-esteem,” said McCormick.
According to CAC director Martha Pierce, the gala’s proceeds and monetary support from businesses like First National Bank is greatly appreciated.
“This event is a vital component in the ongoing financial stability of the center,” Pierce said. “Your support will allow us to expand our services to help protect the children of Warren and Van Buren counties.”
The gala will be held under the stars on Court Square in downtown McMinnville and will include entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased up to Sept. 15. Contributions are tax-deductible.
For more information about the gala, how to become a sponsor, or to purchase a ticket, call 507-2386.