Gala to Honor Three October 22
Gainesville, Ga. (October 10, 2011) On Saturday, October 22, the Children’s Center for Hope & Healing will host its fourth annual Gala for Hope & Healing. The event, presented by Avita Community Partners, will honor three women who have played a vital role in the twenty-seven year history of the organization: Lyn Orr, Evanda Moore, and Madge Burch.
Evanda Moore was one of the organization’s founding board members when the organization, then known as The Family Relations Program, formally incorporated in January of 1987. She worked with greater dedication than any employee would have and was instrumental in helping the organization to raise some of the first funds that helped it get started.
Lyn Orr and Madge Burch also served on the board of directors—Lyn Orr serving as President—more recently in the organization’s history. Both Lyn and Madge’s terms ended in 2002. In the late 1990s, the organization held monthly meetings in people’s homes where they would gather children and their families, feed them dinner, have activities, and conduct therapeutic sessions. Both Madge Burch and Lyn Orr repeatedly opened their homes and their hearts to the agency’s children.
During the 1980s and 1990s, these three women championed the cause, ensuring that children who had been sexually abused received the help they needed at a time when people did not discuss sexual abuse. As a result of their efforts, thousands of children have come through the doors of The Children’s Center for Hope and Healing. The October 22nd gala will honor the courage, vision, leadership, generosity, hard work, and determination selflessly contributed over many years by these three women.
The gala will also feature savory tastings from Scott’s on the Square of Gainesville as well as the exciting live musical entertainment of award-winning Daddy-O-Strut, a high-energy six piece dance band based in Atlanta that is hailed as “Atlanta’s Finest Rockin’ Funkin’ Swingin’ Groovin’ Strutin’ Party Band!”
A silent auction that evening will present guests with the opportunity to purchase a variety of interesting items, including the work of several local artists, jewelry, a one-week vacation on St. Simon’s Island, a weekend getaway to Las Vegas, or a weekend getaway at a lake-side cabin in the North Georgia mountains.
The funds raised at the event will help the hundreds of abused children the agency serves each year. Since 1984, the agency has provided free therapeutic services for children who are the survivors of sexual abuse. Without treatment, children who have been sexually abused are at higher risk for alcohol or drug problems, teen pregnancy, academic failure, eating disorders, depression, health problems, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or suicide. Because so few people in society talk about sexual abuse, most do not realize how common it is: 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. In the U.S., it is estimated that there are 39 million adult survivors of sexual abuse.
The Children’s Center’s fourth annual gala will be held at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St., NW in Gainesville, beginning at 7:00 p.m. For tickets, call 770-532-6530 or email email@example.com for more information. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.hopeandhealingga.org.
The agency collaborates in many ways with its presenting sponsor, Avita Community Partners.
“We are honored to sponsor this year’s gala,” said Cindy McLaughlin, Avita Community Partners’ CEO. “We refer clients to the Children’s Center for Hope & Healing, as oftentimes adults with mental illness or addictive diseases also have suffered child sexual abuse.”
About the Children’s Center for Hope & Healing
The Children’s Center for Hope & Healing is a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of child sexual abuse and exploitation. The agency offers no-cost therapeutic services to children ages 4 to 17 who are the victims of sexual abuse as well as adult women who are the survivors of child sexual abuse. In addition, the agency offers Project Pathfinder, a program dedicated to treating children and youth with sexual behavior problems. In 2010, the center offered treatment for almost 1,200 people from 22 counties of Northeast Georgia.
About Avita Community Partners
Avita Community Partners was formed by the 1993 Georgia State Legislature to serve persons experiencing the disabling effects of mental illness, developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases. Avita serves individuals from 13 counties in North Georgia, including Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White Counties. Originally founded as Georgia Mountains Community Services (GMCS), Avita Community Partners’ mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with behavioral health and developmental disabilities. For more information, please visit www.avitapartners.org.
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