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Black Tie Gala Raises Funds for Abused Children with Creedence Clearwater Revisited

by ETG Admin | May 10, 2016
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County’s (CACCC) Gala 2016 raised $660,000 to benefit children victimized by abuse or neglect with more than 900 guests in attendance April 23 at the Hilton-Anatole in Dallas. The event featured a headlining performance by Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

MAY 10, 2016 Plano, TX — The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County’s (CACCC) Gala 2016 raised $660,000 to benefit children victimized by abuse or neglect with more than 900 guests in attendance April 23 at the Hilton-Anatole in Dallas. The event featured a headlining performance by Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

“Gala is the must-attend event of the year in Collin County, and each year we are proud to welcome incredible performers, generous sponsors and committed donors who come together in the fight against child abuse,” CACCC CEO Lynne McLean said. “As our largest fundraising event of the year, Gala raises critically needed funds to help ensure that abused children in our community always receive the help they need from the Center.”

45 years ago, Creedence Clearwater Revival headlined the Saturday night slot at the legendary Woodstock Music Festival. Also that year, three Creedence Clearwater Revival albums simultaneously perched in the top 10 of the rock music charts. In 1995, following their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cosmo and Stu launched their Creedence Clearwater Revisited project. The astounding response to the band has been driven in part by new generations of fans who, as Cosmo said, “weren’t even born when the music came out.” The band has brought their signature sound to North America, South America, Central America, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Asia.

Longtime CACCC supporter Robb Temple, Executive Vice-President of McKinney’s Independent Bank,  served as Honorary Chair at Gala 2016. Temple was a founding CACCC board member who has served as Board President and Board Vice-President and currently serves on the CACCC Advisory Council of which he has been a member since 2010.

In 1994, Temple forged a partnership between Independent Bank and the CACCC. Independent Bank’s support of the Center has included financial commitments and volunteers.

“We believe in the mission of the organization, and they are great stewards of our financial support,” Temple said. “To create the greatest possible impact, we leverage a powerful combination of local funding and volunteerism, both addressing the needs of the community and supporting the passion of our employees.

“For people to know there is an organization that cares and can help them during this difficult time is critical,” he added. “We have such an extremely caring and generous corporate community in Collin County as well as school administrators and church leaders who can be the first recipients of an outcry.”

Returning to Gala this year was the exciting Lexus car raffle proudly presented by DFW Lexus Dealers. DFW Lexus donated a 2016 RX 350 for the raffle with the winner selected at Gala 2016 in April. Raffle tickets cost $50 each, and just 2,500 were sold raising $125,000 to benefit the children we seve.

We gratefully acknowledge the following underwriters and sponsors:

  • Exclusive Automotive Partner – DFW Lexus Dealers
  • $100,000 – Anonymous
  • $50,000 – JCPenney; Carolyn and Mark Speese
  • $25,000 – DADs Advisory Fund; Engibous Family Foundation; Independent Bank; Rent-A-Center
  • $15,000 – Drake-Bettner Foundation; Cathy and Richard Riccardi; Sloan Investment Management, LLC; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Plano
  • $10,000 – Advocare International, L.P.; Bank of America; Estell and Pope Families; Neiman Marcus Willow Bend; Stephanie and Ray Ricchi; Texas Instruments
  • $7,500 – Priscilla and Bill Darling; Anne Davidson; Liz and Randy Sweney
  • $5,000 – Aetna; Ansira; Basinger Leggett; Caliber Collision; Charity Recycling Partners; City Bank; Dell, Inc.; Deloitte; J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Medical Center of Plano; Norton Rose Fulbright; The HEART Hospital Baylor Plano; UnitedHealthcare
  • $2,500 – Sandy & Mike Albright; Megan & Brian Angle; Ayco; Christie Cannon - KW Realty; Cigna; Connie & Russ Coolik; Jane and Jim Donovan; Siiri Dougherty; Ernst & Young, LLP; Fischer & Company; Frost Bank; Gay, McCall, Isaacks & Roberts P.C.; Gorrondona & Associates; Herb's Paint and Body; Kathrein’ Genny and Michael Knam; Lockton Dunning; Barbara and Stan Lotridge; Merrill Greer; Dr. Martha Grimm and John Seiver; KPMG, LLP; Paula and Lance Leslie; Lynne McLean; Million Air; The Hon. Emily Miskel; Sandy Nachman; PHD Technologies and Communications; Pogue Construction; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Monica & Leslie Quiros; Service King; Sheriff Box Shoot-Out “FORE” Kids; Cindy and Reed Schnittker; Stephanie and Gene South; Law Office of April Steele; Tomes Auto Group; Total Wine & More; Wells Fargo; District Attorney Greg Willis; Wylie Police Association
  • Underwriters – Charlie Uniform Tango; Jack Black; Launch Agency; Republic National Distributing Company; Roy’s with the Dharod Family

About the Center

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County utilizes a multi-disciplinary team approach to facilitate the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse. Working collaboratively with law enforcement and Child Protective Services, the Center brings all services to abused children under one roof to minimize additional trauma to vulnerable children. Highly trained forensic interviewers provide a child-friendly environment in which children can safely share their stories. The Center offers therapy and support for children and their non-offending family members at no cost for as long as clients need help. Gala raises funds to support these and other services to abused children and their non-offending family members.

Since 1992, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County has offered free services to more than 50,000 abused and neglected children. To learn more, visit caccollincounty.org or call 972-633-6600.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Katy Seitzler
Community Relations Manager
kseitzler@caccollincounty.org

Direct: 972-663-6752
Cell: 214-663-9610

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