COLLINSVILLE — The Madison County Child Advocacy Center will hold Harvest of Hope, the center’s premiere fall benefit event, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Willoughby Farm, 631 Willoughby Lane.
The event will feature an auction, food trucks, The Smash Band of St. Louis and dancing. Harvest of Hope has a relaxed feel and those in attendance will be able to enjoy the openness of Willoughby Farm.
The Madison County Child Advocacy Center in Wood River conducts forensic interviews of children involved in allegations of severe physical and sexual abuse. It is estimated that nearly 3,500 children are physically or sexually abused in Madison County each year, although only 10 percent of sexual abuse cases are ever reported. The Madison County Child Advocacy Center is available to help when child abuse has been reported. The center’s goal is to minimize trauma by conducting one coordinated forensic interview with the child. The center is an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance and is designed to make children as comfortable as possible. The center provides a safe, child-friendly place where children are interviewed. The waiting rooms are furnished with child- and teen-friendly furniture and toys so the child feels more relaxed. The children find a comfortable, positive atmosphere, where they are supported by a multidisciplinary team of professionals.
Executive Director Carrie Cohan said in order to continue serving children in Madison County, the center has to raise funds through events and individual and corporate donors.
“Fundraising is vital to the center,” Cohan said. “By holding events such as Harvest of Hope, we want our community to not only be aware of the ways we’re serving children, but to help support the center as well.”
The center is still accepting sponsors for this event.
“We have developed a really comprehensive sponsorship package that has excellent benefits for those organizations and individuals that would choose to sponsor,” Cohan said.
For additional sponsorship opportunities, contact Claire Cooper at (618) 296-5398. Tickets for Harvest of Hope and additional information can be found online at www.madco-cac.org.