Join us again at The Landings for a fun evening of food, drink and bingo for fabulous prizes, all in support of the Children’s Advocacy Center.


This year we have added 4 more bingo games for more chances to win gorgeous bags by Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Tory Burch. And let’s not forget the bling—sterling and 14K necklaces, earrings and more!

Calling all sponsors! Want to reach a desirable audience of over 200 professional and executive-level women from Lee County who are household decision makers and influencers? Here’s your chance! Sponsor opportunities from $500 to $5000 include recognition at event, in press releases, event program and more. Contact Candis Loving, Event Chair at candis.loving@floridablue.com or 239-274-2968. Download sponsor packet HERE.

To purchase ticketsCLICK HERE. This event sold out fast last year, so don’t wait! Questions? Call Lisa at 939-2808.                                                 

2nd Annual Bling & Bags Bingo Sep for April 11

Luanne Keim
Lahaina Realty Agents
Lee Co. Tax Collector NFM Office
Lee Tran Passport Services Staff
Lighthouse of SWFL Staff
MCCI Construction Staff
Mederi Caretenders Home Health
Michelle Mahaney & Friends
Angela Noack
Liz Paul
Ana Perovani
Pine Lakes CC Ladies Golf
Rawlings Realty
Jack & Sue Rogers
Sanctuary Outpatient Rehab Staff
Reed Saunders & Judi Ekholm
Dee Schuster
Ronald Sidman
Martha Smith & Gary Hudson
South 41 Bingo & Krissy Stewart
So. FL Water Mgmt. District Staff
Studio Plus Architects Staff
Roxanne Taylor
Jack Thomas Family
Thompson Family Law
Norma Torres’ Church Group
Tri-County Apprenticeship Academy
Katherine Van der Mey
Valspar Corporation
Val Waltraud & Friends
Wellington Academy
Wells Fargo Staff
Stephanie White

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Notice of Privacy Practices. All Rights Reserved.

If you know of or suspect child abuse, call 1-800-962-2873. Caller information is kept confidential.

Accredited by the National Children's Alliance and the Council on Accreditation. CAC is proud to be a United Way partner agency.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who help us throughout the year. United Way East House could not run without them—they logged 4,782 hours in 2017. Our Pine Manor After School/Summer Program would be unmanageable without them—they logged 3,032 hours. Our pet therapy and lobby puppy programs would not be possible without all the many men and women who are the backbone of this endeavor. In 2017, our eight lobby puppy greeters logged 658 hours and our 21 pet therapy teams a whopping 932 hours. Thank you everyone!

 








And a special thank you to

the Verandah Country Club.

Every year for our Pine

Manor community

Thanksgiving dinner, the

Verandah club generously

coordinates the donation of 28 turkeys then cooks them for us, along with the massive amounts of potatoes and gravy needed to feed so many people.
This year, we’d like to extend a special thank you to Verandah’s Executive Chef Steve Mayberry and his wife  for personally donating half the turkeys this year. Your generosity and hard work on our behalf is so appreciated!

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Thank You Christmas Donors!

The words “thank you” cannot express enough how thankful we are for the generosity shown to our clients this holiday season. From individual donors to businesses who organized toy drives and giving trees on our behalf, it was another banner year for playing Santa!
On paper we had 62 donors, but actually many more as one contact name often represented a group of people. We fulfilled the wish lists of 44 families, provided gifts to all 30 kids in our Pine Manor program and handed out gifts to over 160 kids at the East House party. We also provided gifts to over 90 families who shopped our conference room filled with the bounty from various toy drives held on our behalf (for those who came to us for services past the cutoff date for wish lists). CAC thanks the following for making this Christmas so special for so many children and families:
All Faiths Unitarian Congregation
American Sewing Guild
Kristina Baller
Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, US Trust Staff—Lee & Collier
Robert Barton
Roger & Joan Bennett
Books A Million Edison Mall
Books A Million Port Charlotte
Cape Coral Soccer Association
Carin Nicole Cassario
Bob Chambers
Clifton Larson Allen Staff
Colonial CC Tennis Teams
Comcast FM Office Staff
Coral Isle Builders Staff
Cornerstone Coastal Properties
Diane Cox
CPH Corporation
Pinkie Dixon
Domain Realty Staff
Edison National Bank Staff
Everblades Teddy Bear Toss
Fiddlesticks CC Tennis Players
FL Blue Team, Lee Co.
FL Dept. Law Enforcement
Friendship Grace Brethren Church
Donna Frost
Grandezza Ladies Golf
Nancy Harrison
Leigh Hayes
Hertz HQ Staff
Laura Hirsch & Nancy Buice Group
Hooters Ft. Myers & Naples
 


Affecting Change With Training

The true magnitude of abuse and neglect of children is difficult to define and grasp. Not only is there a need for services for victims, but there is a clear need for specialized training and information on the complex issue of child abuse, and a need for standardized information on the various complexities of these important investigations.

Investigation of child crimes and responding to victims and families requires knowledge of child development, an understanding of the emotional and physiological impact abuse has on children and their families, the dynamics involved with abuse and neglect, and an understanding of investigative procedures and best practices.

However, the variety of professionals involved in abuse cases are not always thoroughly trained in each of the important areas deemed necessary to conduct a thorough and valid investigation and response. That is why the training the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida (CAC) provides to area professionals plays such an important role in the services we provide to the community at large.

Last year, the medical and clinical staff of CAC’s Child Protection Team (CPT) provided training and education to nearly 2,000 local professionals—multidisciplinary partners involved in the investigation and treatment of child victims. Over the years, CAC has helped to train law enforcement personnel, child protective investigators, social services workers, mental health providers, attorneys, judges, victim advocates, medical examiners, guardian ad litem volunteers, teachers, child/foster care workers, and community care partners.

Training topics included sexual and physical abuse, neglect, medical diagnosis of abuse and neglect and best practice guidelines for child abuse investigations, among many others. Training sessions were held at CAC, local hospitals, law enforcement agencies and training academies, social service agencies, colleges and universities, child care facilities and K-12 schools.

CAC’s Child Protection Team makes great efforts to provide the highest quality training and up-to-date information to these professionals and community partners. We hope to affect change to end child maltreatment through intervention, education and prevention, while advocating for the safety of children and their families. —Sally Beckett, CPT Program Director for CAC​

If we left anyone off this list, our apologies. Please know your contribution made a difference to so many people! CAC THANKS ALL OF YOU!

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