RIDING TO END CHILD ABUSE WITH BEARS IN TOW
Sunday's 24th annual Teddy Bear Ride benefiting CACCC and presented by Harley-Davidson Financial Services was a resounding success by all measures. With perfect fall weather as the backdrop for our longest-standing fundraiser, approximately 750 riders took to the streets of Collin County to send a message that child abuse has no place in our community.
Each rider brought with them a small passenger - a teddy bear which will find its way into the arms of a child visiting the CACCC to share a story of abuse. In addition to the teddy bears, the event generates much-needed funding to ensure that every child who needs FREE services following the trauma of abuse can get all the help they need.
We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors for their incredible support of the 24th annual Teddy Bear Ride.
Pictured (L-R): Al Ely, HDFS VP of Commercial Business; Lynne McLean, CACCC CEO; Lissa Smith, Plano Mayor Pro Tem; Cindy Maso; Maher Maso, Frisco Mayor
Presenting: Harley-Davidson Financial Services
Exclusive Radio Partner: Lone Star 92.5
Sponsors: Chrome Divas of McKinney | April Findley and Chris Lewis | Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Plano | Guardians of the Children, Prairie Lands Chapter | Harley-Davidson of Dallas in Allen | IKEA | JCPenney | KDC | PaveCon Public Works | PDQ | Preferred Technology Solutions | Christine and Frank Stanesic | Star Touring and Riding Mororcycle Club, Chapter 172 | Sheriff Box Shoot-Out “FORE” Kids | Stephanie South - State Farm | Carolyn and Mark Speese | Sutliff & Stout Injury & Accident Law Firm | Debi Tomkins Realty Associates | TranStar National Title | Texas Road House - McKinney | Quiktrip
SIXTH TIME'S A CHARM: PEPSICO'S DAY OF CARING
More than 65 PepsiCo employees last week traded their business attire for T-shirts and work gloves to take on a variety of tasks at CACCC. The dedicated team at PepsiCo fans out across the community each year to make a big impact on nonprofit organizations like ours, and we have been privileged to have them join us for six years on their Day of Caring
On one day, approximately 1,300 PepsiCo employees provided some 60,000 service hours to 20 North Texas non-profits in addition to CACCC. On site at the Center, this dynamic team took on tasks such as re-staining our outdoor picnic tables, re-striping our parking lot, putting together shelves to hold teddy bears and rotating our inventory of fall clothes into the Rainbow Room.
Volunteer projects like this make it possible for CACCC employees to spend more time face to face with clients rather than handling these housekeeping duties. When large groups come together for a day of assistance, it means money saved because these jobs are completed for free. Thank you PepsiCo!
DISCLOSURE IS A PROCESS, NOT AN EVENT
Often people wonder why children don’t immediately disclose abuse. At the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, we believe disclosure is a process not an event. Because there is no longer a statute of limitations, children can now have the freedom to disclose in their own time and law enforcement can still work to help bring offenders to justice.
Recently, an 18-year-old young woman was interviewed by one of our forensic interviewers. Julie was sexually abused by a family friend from age 12 to age 14. At 18, she told her boyfriend she had been abused as a child and never reported it. He encouraged her to tell and helped her file her report with law enforcement.
The detective to whom her case was assigned brought her to the Children’s Advocacy Center to tell her story. In her interview, the forensic interviewer listened to her story and then asked if anything else had ever happened to her that she needed to tell. Though Julie never planned to tell about another traumatic event, she felt comfortable enough with the interviewer to disclose that she had been raped in high school. At the end of the conversation, she thanked the interviewer for giving her the chance to share her story and said she had never told another person her entire history. That day, she felt safe enough to tell and now she can finally get the help she needs to heal.
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