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Legacy Ball 2013

The stars will be on full display on Saturday, Feb. 23 when Davis House Child Advocacy Center, formerly the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center, hosts the Legacy Ball, “A Night at the Oscars” at the Embassy Suites in Cool Springs. A wine reception and silent auction begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. followed by dancing to the music of The Moonlighters Big Band.

Last year Davis House served 420 new victims – children who experienced severe physical and/or sexual abuse providing more 1,900 services to them and their non-offending family members, free of charge.

Almost a dozen years ago Sindy Pollard’s family was introduced to the Child Advocacy Center when they became a victim of child abuse.

“The Spring Hill Police Department was handling our case and introduced us to the center,” Pollard said. “That was a totally horrific time in our lives – something you never expect your family will have to go through.”

Bombarded by terms they didn’t understand, places they had to appear and people they had to speak with at a time when their lives are completely turned upside down and twisted around, “They told us, ‘It’s going to be okay,’” Pollard said. “Davis House walked us through every step of the process. If I had questions, if the children had questions, they had answers. They were the first line – next to me – of comfort for my children.”

The first thing Davis House does to begin the healing process is allow the young victims to choose their own personal Teddy bear.

That had a big impact on Pollard as she watched her meek, mild, scared children pick out their own bear and begin the healing.

Davis House coordinates a variety of services for children and their families in crisis during the judicial process and after when its time to create a new normal.

“In my heart of hearts I believe the Child Advocacy Center was key in telling my children ‘not everybody is like this,’” Pollard said. “We have been very blessed.”

The children are doing well, now. The child upon whom the actual abuse was perpetrated has learned to trust again, is in college earning very good grades and “living a great life and has a plan.”

The memories will never go away, but Pollard and her children, like choosing a Teddy bear, choose not to be a victim.

National statistics indicate one in four girls and one in six boys will be victims of sexual abuse by the age of 18. Funds raised at the Legacy Ball will help continue to provide services to the victims and their families and also educate the community focusing on child abuse prevention and early intervention.

“Davis House is a much needed place,” Pollard said. “They don’t have telethons or famous people promoting them; nobody’s running a marathon for them. They are just ordinary people – incredible people.”

Money should be the least of their problems in a perfect world, but in a perfect world, they wouldn’t be needed, Pollard added.

Once again, artist Heidi Schwartz will capture the mood and moment of the evening as she paints events as they are happening. The painting will be one of the items in the Not-So-Silent Auction.

Tickets for the Legacy Ball are $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10. Ticket may be purchased at www.davishousecac.org/events or call 790-5900, extension 101. Businesses interested in sponsoring tables or providing items for the silent auction, contact Executive Director Marcus Stamps at 790-5900 extension 101 or by email at marcus@davishousecac.org.

Contact Carole Robinson at crobinson@williamsonherald.com.

Posted on: 1/24/2013

 
 

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