2017-04-09 / Insight

Upcoming Corkscrews & Brews largest fundraiser for Child Advocacy Center

BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com

LAPEER — On April 28, the community will come together for a night of wine and beer tasting at the Lapeer Country Club to benefit the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). The 7th Annual Corkscrews & Brews event will feature beer and wine tasting, a strolling dinner, live and silent auctions and a musical performance by Jaime Marvin.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said CAC Executive Director Heather Frayer. “Most of our fundraising is this event, it allows us to continue with helping families with all the extra things they need.”

The CAC has been in operation since 2009 and offered their services to more than 140 families during that time.

“The moment a family calls, our intake coordinator Emily Sznitka is the first person to reach out,” said Frayer. “And as long as a family needs us, we’ll support them.”

The CAC offers an array of services to families in need that includes crisis counseling, family advocacy forensic interviewing and medical evaluations.

The Corkscrews & Brews event is a significant source of funding for CAC and it’s through community donations that many of its services are made possible. “We’re hoping for over $50,000. That’s our goal,” said Frayer. “The event for the first time is in Child Abuse Awareness Month. What better way to highlight the event?”

According to Frayer, many community members who donate during the Corkscrews and Brews event are instilled with a sense of goodwill. “Community members come and realize that they’re all there for the right reasons,” said Frayer. “The more people talk about it, the more people know about it.”

And talking is key, said Frayer. The CAC’s mission is to reduce the trauma to children during investigations of alleged sexual or severe abuse through advocacy, education, intervention and treatment, and supporting a child who has had the courage to speak up about their trauma is the all-important first step on the road to normalcy. The CAC exists so that a child need only share their traumatic story once, instead of repeatedly, as is often the case during the investigation of allegations of violence.

“For these families, it can be scary,” said Frayer. “And right away we try to make them feel comfortable and have normal conversations.”

In addition to the intervention methods the CAC employs, they provide continued treatment for children and their families through individual and group counseling tailored toward healing, as well as parent support sessions to equip caregivers with the skills to meet their children’s needs.

The funds donated during the 7th Annual Corkscrews & Brews event will allow CAC to maintain their programs and ensure that if a child in Lapeer County is in need, there will be a safe place to turn to that will mitigate further trauma and provide a path toward recovery.

“(The donations) will go a long way toward handling funding,” said Frayer. “And I just want to thank the community for all their donations in the past. The community is just so supportive.”

Tickets for the Corkscrews & Brews event are available now and can be purchased from the CAC website at www.caclapeer.org/ corkscrewsandbrews2017 or by contacting CAC at admin@caclapeer.org. Advance tickets are $75, $85 at the door.

Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County

• WHERE: 15 E. Genesee St. Lapeer (just east of Saginaw Street)

HOW TO REACH: Call: 810-664-9990 Online: www.caclapeer.org

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