Many helped A Caring Place

To the editor:

A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center sincerely thanks those who made our ninth-annual fundraiser event, “A Minute-to-Win-It,” a smashing success. Held March 22, this event was our major fundraiser of the year. Such generous contributions were received, deepening the message in our community that children need to be shown compassion and respect, and that there is “No Excuse for Child Abuse.” We are humbled and very grateful for the outpouring of support, especially with the difficult times still around.

I would like to especially thank Mary Ann Donnelly, ACP director and advocate, and Eileen Spencer, our prevention educator for domestic minor human trafficking program coordinator, for their efforts to be the hands and feet of our mission: to serve the children and families experiencing the obstacles associated with abusive conditions. Furthermore, I thank the volunteer board members whose dedication made this fundraiser and the continued operations of ACP possible: Vicki DeLeonardis, vice president; Nate Roberts, treasurer; Ann Dulany, secretary; members Janelle Clifton, Amy McDonnell and Lisa Scott; as well as all of their family and friends who assist us.

This year we were blessed to have the assistance of volunteers such as Shari Jo Watkins, whose significant contribution of time and effort was clearly noted in the increased number of local businesses and agencies added to this year’s fundraiser. She and her husband, David Watkins, provided live music throughout the meal as well as their own sound equipment.

A special thanks to all who are part of the multi-disciplinary team, whose collaborative investigations make our center’s mission dynamic: Dr. Stephen Mascio; Family Services Association; Jefferson County Behavioral Health, Department of Job and Family Services, Children Services Division, Prosecutors office, sheriff’s department and victims assistance; Sexual Assault Help Center; Steubenville, Wintersville and Wells Township police departments and A Caring Place.

A Caring Place couldn’t have had such a successful fundraiser without the work of our event volunteers: Maria Rigaud, Nancy Schreck, Bob Spencer, Mike Scott, Jim Coyle, Shelli Brooks, Doreen Dumbola and Nate Roberts Photography. A very special thank you to Rob’s Special T’s for donating the team shirts again this year, and to Piergallini’s Catering and St. Florian Hall for the great meal, service, staging and dining room arrangements and for its donation of our dessert cakes.

April is Child Abuse Awareness month. Please continue supporting A Caring Place by purchasing a $5 chance for $600 in gift cards! The $600 gift card tree is packed with many local vendor gift cards and was generously donated by the E.C.H.O. Fund at Trinity Health System. See Vicki DeLeonardis at the Ville or any board member if you are interested in purchasing some tickets.

Jean-Philippe Rigaud

Board President,

A Caring Place

Child Advocacy Center