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Annual Black Tie Gala Raises Funds for Abused Children

by Jamie Ginden | May 30, 2017
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County’s (CACCC) Gala 2017 raised over $450,000, benefiting children victimized by abuse or neglect with more than 800 guests in attendance

MAY 8, 2017 Plano, TX — The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County’s (CACCC) Gala 2017 raised over $450,000, benefiting children victimized by abuse or neglect with more than 800 guests in attendance on April 29 at Hyatt Regency Dallas. The event featured a headline performance by Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo.

“As I sit back and look over the past 25 years for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, I am in awe,” CACCC CEO Lynne McLean said. “More than 60,000 children and their families have found refuge within our walls.  They have found safety from the most horrific of circumstances as well as a lifetime of healing.  And so much of this has been made possible through funds raised at our annual Gala.  Through this event, nearly $650,000 is generated every year to ensure that every abused or neglected child has the opportunity for life changing services.  Your generosity is overwhelming and your commitment to these children is inspiring.”

A four-time Grammy winner, Pat Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo, professional musician, producer and arranger are truly a rock-n-roll powerhouse couple. During the 1980s, Benatar had 19 Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 hits, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", "Love Is a Battlefield", "We Belong", “Shadows of the Night” and “Heartbreaker”. Her hits continue to be as unforgettable now as they were at the dawn of MTV, when Pat emerged, fighting and forging a path for other female rock stars around the world.

Stephanie & Gene South, longtime supporters of CACCC served as Honorary Chairs for Gala 2017. Stephanie has been a member of the CACCC’s Board of Directors since 2000 and currently serves as the CACCC Board President. Gene and Stephanie proudly advocate for the children we serve within the community as volunteers and as donors.

“Our community is healthy and strong.” states Stephanie. “Ensuring that everyone that lives in our growing county knows we are here to serve them is critical. Gene & I encourage you to stand with us to ensure no child is left to face abuse or neglect alone in Collin County. Here we are celebrating 25 years of service – pausing to recognize all the great work that has been accomplished thus far – what a proud moment! But, we must press on and we need the support of this great community so we can ensure that the Center can continue to offer FREE services to 100% of the children and families that come through the Center doors.”

Returning to Gala this year was the exciting Lexus car raffle proudly presented by DFW Lexus Dealers. DFW Lexus Dealers donated a 2017 Lexus RC for the raffle with the winner selected at Gala 2017 on April 29th. Twenty-five hundred tickets were be sold, raising $125,000 benefiting the children we serve in our community.

We gratefully acknowledge the following underwriters and sponsors:

Exclusive Automotive Partner – DFW Lexus Dealers

$50,000 – Carolyn & Mark Speese

$25,000 – Engibous Family Foundation, Independent Bank; Rent-A-Center

$15,000 – DADS Advisory Fund; Cathy & Richard Riccardi; Neiman Marcus Willow Bend; Roy’s Restaurant with the Dharod Family; Sloan Investment Management, LLC.;  Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

$10,000 – Advocare; Bank of America; Caliber Collision; Estell & Pope Families; Inez & Dan Browning;  Total Wine & More; Texas Instruments

$5,000 – Aetna; Basinger Leggett; Charity Recycling Partners; City Bank; Globe Life Insurance; The HEART Hospital Baylor Plano; Liz & Randy Sweney; UnitedHealthcare; Verner Brumley; Mueller Parker

$3,000 - Megan & Brian Angle; Ansira; Anna & Raj Asava; Debbie and Don Braun; Children's ​Health Plano; The Christie Cannon Realty Team; Jane and Jim Donovan; Emerson Process Management Regulators Technologies, Inc.; Ernst & Young; Fischer; Gorrondona & Associates; Gay, McCall, Isaacks & Roberts, P.C.; Herb's Paint & Body; Junior League of Collin County; KPMG; Medical City Plano; Lynne McLean; Madeline & Jim McClure; PHD Technologies & Communications; PwC; Sheriff Box Shoot-Out “FORE” Kids; Cindy & Reed Schnittker; Dr. Martha Grimm & John Seiver; Anna Ruth & David Smith; Stephanie & Gene South; Million Air; Verus Wealth Advisors ; Wells Fargo; District Attorney Greg Willis; Wilson Eber; Wylie/Allen Task Force; Wylie Police Association

Underwriters – GoodLifeFamily Magazine; Jack Black, LLC; Launch; and Republic National Distributing Company

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 60,000 abused and neglected children. To learn more, visit caccollincounty.org or call 972-633-6600.


Contact: ​Jamie Ginden
Community Relations Manager
Direct: 972-663-6752 
Cell: 214-​886-7601

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