1st Annual “Aim for Advocacy” Sporting Clay Fundraiser benefitting “Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the 9th J.D.”- July 23, 2016
On a very hot July 23rd morning, Chilhowee Sportsmen Club hosted our 1st Annual Sporting Clay Fundraiser. This event benefitted Kids First CAC and the victims of child abuse our agency is privileged to serve. Volunteers for the event included members of our Board of Directors, Rhonda Mossing, Board President, Dan Tipton, Vice-Chair, Kim See, Secretary, Marty Fugate, Jeanette Rogers and Gary Darling. Other volunteers included members of our staff, Darcy Navratil, Family Advocate, Tasha Watson, Victim Services Specialist, Mona Williams-Hayes, Clinical Director and Chris Evans-Longmire, Executive Director. The event began at 9am with 35 shooters braving the heat to show their support for Kids First CAC while enjoying shooting clay. The shooters enjoyed 13 stations with awards being given to the top male and female shooter as well as the top scoring team.
As the teams completed the 13 station course, ice cold bottled water, sweet tea and lemonade awaited them along with delicious bar-b-que and fixins served by Doug and Jane Young, made possible by “Elm Hill, Wamplers and Cades Cove”. Our very generous sponsors include Gold Sponsor “Allcor Staffing Service”, Bronze Sponsors, “L&M Property Mngt, LLC, Valley Proteins, Inc., and The Scale Works of East Tn. and Tim Cole. Station Sponsors include “AGA Insurance, Eric Bacon, Mission Transport, Dan Tipton, State Farm Insurance, Jeanette Rogers and Colonial Packaging, Inc., Marshall W. Stuckey. Door prizes included a BOSCH drill and BOSCH Bluetooth Jobsite AM/FM Radio/Charger/Digital and Media Stereo donated by Valley Wholesale, Inc and Warren Longmire, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, BOSE Speaker, $200 Gift Certificate for Windswept Willow Farm and Market, special thanks to Amy and Martin Flanary and a $50 gift certificate to Sweetwater Farms. Also, we wish to extend a very special “thank you” to Mr. Carl Stookesbury for donating back his door prize from Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. He asked for the door prize to be donated back and auctioned off, hoping to raise more money for child abuse victims. Our very own Marty Fugate accepted the challenge and since one of his many gifts is as an auctioneer, he began the auction. Marty began with an ask of $35. By the time the auction for this item wrapped up, Kids First CAC was the recipient of a $400 donation thanks to 3 very generous donors: Tom Brunton, Tim Cole and Walker English !! Great job Marty and a huge “thank you” to our donors and sponsors for making this event a success!!
The event raised $8,900 for Kids First Child Advocacy Center and will be used to serve victims of child abuse through therapy, forensic interviews, court prep and services to drug-endangered children. Also, there is one more HUGE donation we wish to mention. When Board Member, Gary Darling, contacted Chilhowee for the costs of hosting our Aim for Advocacy fundraiser, he was told that our account had been paid by an anonymous donor!! We do not know who this very special donor is but we do want this person to know all of us with Kids First are most grateful for your servant’s heart and the victims of child abuse being served by Kids First wish to thank you for giving them the opportunity to become survivors of child abuse and giving them a future filled with hope, not secrecy and shame. This event would not have been possible without the hard work of Martin Flanary, Gary Darling and Teddy Wampler, you all have made a tremendous difference in the lives of hundreds of victims of child abuse.
See our PHOTO GALLERY for pictures of the event!
Thank you to everyone who attended our annual fundraiser dinner and auction! Our board of directors and volunteers worked tirelessly to make it a special evening! It was a magical night filled with good food, music and lots of auction items! Kids First was able to raise over $50,000. These funds will be used to continue to provide services to victims of child abuse in our district.
Visit the photo gallery for the recent Kids First Dinner and Auction at https://ambler.smugmug.com/Kids-First-CAC-2016-Gala/i-dndPGww/buy to view or purchase pictures from the event!
Child Advocacy Center of the 9th Judicial District
Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District serves children that have been identified by the Department of Children’s Services as having been severely physically and/or sexually abused.
In 2014-15 Kids First CAC provided services to 329 victims of child abuse. The over-whelming majority of the children were victims of sexual abuse with the average victim an 8 year old female. The belief is that most children are abused by strangers but statistically nothing could be farther from the truth. Most children know their offender. In 2014-15, 140 offenders were identified as a parent, step-parent other relative or a parent’s live-in paramour, and 69 offenders were known to their child victims (for some children there could be multiple offenders).
It is for this reason we deliver a school-based intervention/prevention program, Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) to schools within the Ninth Judicial District. SCAN is a school-based program and is offered to children in kindergarten, first, third, fifth and seventh grades. The young children enjoy a puppet show while older grades enjoy a video/dvd and discussion about safety and boundaries. The program teaches children about safe and unsafe touches and who to tell if ever in a situation that makes the child uncomfortable or if someone asks the child to keep “secrets” about touches, movies, pictures, etc…
This fiscal year allowed us to serve 18 schools, 3,245 students through our SCAN Program. A second piece of our Outreach Program is our Teen Mom Education Program. This fiscal year we served 8 teen moms representing Loudon and Meigs Counties. We have been providing our SCAN Program and Teen Mom Education Program to schools for 6 years. The Teen Mom Education Program is a 14 week curriculum, school-based, designed to educate teen moms on child development, age-appropriate discipline, community resources, stress management and potty training. Based on the pre and post test scores, comprehension of child development is demonstrated by these young moms. The program encourages teen moms to graduate high school and is a support group as many of these moms feel isolated. So far, we have seen most of the teen moms we serve graduate high school, not give birth to a second, unplanned child, and there have been no referrals to the Department of Children’s Services for child abuse related to the Teen Moms having completed our program. Our therapy program offered 1,176 therapy sessions with most of the children and non-offending caregivers successfully meeting their therapy goals using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Through grants obtained by Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District and compliments of the Good Neighbors Shoppe of Lenoir City, we have been able to provide an annual district-wide training to our child abuse investigators, department of children’s services (CPS) caseworkers, the District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Justice Officers and the staff of Kids First designed to improve communication among team members, heighten awareness of physical abuse, detect discrepancies among perpetrators, and to rejuvenate the team members that investigate, protect and prosecute offenders of children.
Kids First CAC has also recently begun using the nationally recognized prevention program “Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children” throughout the community. Executive Director, Chris Evans-Longmire, is an authorized facilitator of the program which aims to increase awareness of child sexual abuse as well as change and encourage child protective behaviors. The program, delivered in a 2.5 hour session includes videos and commentary by adult survivors and experts in the field as well as a discussion component. Businesses, local organizations, schools, churches and individuals are encouraged to contact Chris at our office to schedule the presentation. More information about the program can be found at the Darkness to Light website at www.d2l.org. Help Kids First be proactive in their efforts to become Stewards of Children and work toward changes that will protect the children in our community from sexual abuse!
Our Mission is TO HEAL THE PAIN OF CHILD ABUSE.