Health and Family Services Cabinet
Fall Fling to benefit child victims of sexual abuse
The Children's Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass will hold its ninth annual Fall Fling Sept. 23 at Donamire Farm on Old Frankfort Pike in Fayette County from 6-11 p.m. University of Kentucky Women's Basketball Coach Mickie DeMoss is the honorary chairperson for the event.
The Fall Fling is the center's main fundraiser. This year's event features a raffle for a 2007 Saturn SKY sponsored by Quantrell Auto Group. Fling patrons also will enjoy dinner provided by South Van Events and dancing to the sounds of Subject.
Live and silent auctions offer guests the chance to bid on prizes including three-nights' stay at a Greenbriar Cottage; a week's stay at a Lake Tahoe condominium; a Chip Gannasi VIP racing package; Commonwealth Stadium corporate box seats; and lower-arena UK men's basketball season tickets. Tickets to the Fall Fling are $100 per person.
Proceeds from the Fall Fling support the work of the child advocacy center, a critical source of support, assistance, referrals and vital resources for child victims of sexual abuse in Central Kentucky. It is one of 15 fifteen regional centers designated to provide services and funded in part by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Sherri Stover, program administrator for the Cabinet's Division of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services, said one in three girls and one in four boys are sexually abused before age 18. In nine out of 10 cases, children know their abusers.
"Children's advocacy centers are a heartbreaking necessity that offer compassion and sensitivity to child victims of abuse," Stover said.
Kelly Roberts, executive director of the Bluegrass child advocacy center, said the annual Fall Fling traditionally enjoys outstanding local participation. " We're grateful for the incredible community support we've always received," Roberts said. "We hope even more area businesses and residents will attend and support the Fall Fling this year to help us sustain and expand services to children in crisis."<>The event's platinum sponsor is 84 Lumber. Gold sponsors are Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Johnson Controls and the UK Chandler Medical Center.
For more information about the Children's Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass, visit the center's Web site at www.kykids.org.v For more information about the Fall Fling or to purchase event tickets and chances on the car raffle, call (859) 514-1566.