Pictured from left to right are committee members and charity representatives: Elizabeth Grant, Angie Pifer, Carrie Cohan from Madison County Child Advocacy Center, Dave Leggitt, Tom Fayollat, Sara Berkbigler from Main Street Community Center, and Michelle Boyer.
The Madison County Child Advocacy Center was chosen as one of two recipients of the Crawl for a Cause 2014.
The group recently presented their funds to this year's local charities: Madison County Child Advocacy Center and Main Street Community Center. Crawl for a Cause, with an Ultimate Wedding Party theme, was held Saturday, March 22, at downtown Edwardsville bars and restaurants.
The Main Street Community Center is committed to providing a broad range of group and individual activities and services that respond to the needs and interests of individuals spanning several generations, including older adults, families, caregivers, and other members of the community.
The Madison County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides professional intervention and supportive services to fight child abuse. Most importantly, the CAC provides a safe haven for children to talk about the physical or sexual abuse they may have experienced and to help in limiting the number of times a child has to be interviewed. Before the CAC opened, a child who was a victim or witnessed a violent crime would often be interviewed by eight to 12 people before the case went to trial. Because of the CAC, abused children no longer have to endure such a strenuous interviewing process and authorities are better able to prosecute abuse cases. Fund-raising dollars are essential to the Child Advocacy Center because all services provided are free of charge.
For information about the Madison County Child Advocacy Center, visit www.madco-cac.org or call at (618) 296-5390.