By Marissa Gilbert, Senior Analyst
The Associates Board's Sugar Ball took place on Friday, April 5, and the event was a huge success! The Sugar Ball was held in the beautiful Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center. And, as an event sponsor, C+R raffled off six tickets and the three lucky winners were Janel McKeown, Suzanne Holtz and Amanda Hutchins. It was a fun night of desserts and dancing!
C+R and its staff also continue to raise funds internally for Chicago CAC in several ways. The NCAA Tournament Pool was a success as well as the donations collected for the use of C+R's sports tickets. The staff is always looking for new ways to contribute their time and resources to help support the Chicago CAC's initiatives.
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center has some big changes ahead! One big change will be its name. Moving forward, the Center will be referred to as 'Chicago Children's Advocacy Center' or 'Chicago CAC.' This name change localizes the organization and aligns it with the well-known term, 'children's advocacy center', which describes the essence of its model and purpose. This name change also corresponds with its website (ChicagoCAC.org) and internal e-mail addresses (name@ChicagoCAC.org).
Another big change is that the Chicago CAC is expanding its facilities. The expansion will improve services for children and families traumatized by sexual abuse and other types of violence by expanding the mental health program, adding a community training center to enhance prevention efforts and increasing the number of child-friendly spaces where staff and partners can provide immediate support services.
In addition to the organizational changes, there is a volunteer opportunity at the end of the month! April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and, for the third year, Chicago CAC will be displaying a thought-provoking public art display to raise awareness in Daley Plaza on Tuesday, April 30. The display will be set up at dawn and dismantled at dusk. Please check it out or visit Chicago CAC's website for more information.