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Come boogie with Mountain Empire Older Citizens

Submitted by Laura Bush • Aug 15, 2019 at 10:38 AM

For the past four years, the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) - a service of Mountain Empire Older Citizens - has hosted an annual gala to help raise funds to benefit children served by the center. This year, things are getting funky. 70s-style funky, that is.

The theme for this year’s gala, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 24 at the David Prior Convocation Center at UVA-Wise, is 70s-style disco. MEOC is encouraging attendees to groove to the funky beats in their 70s-style best, including bell-bottoms, jumpsuits, and any and everything that sparkles. The gala will feature a silent auction, door prizes, buffet, cash bar, DJ and dancing.

The CAC is a child-friendly, child-focused, community-oriented and safe facility where representatives from many disciplines meet to discuss and make decisions about the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse cases. The center is designed to accommodate children of all ages, helping to reduce stress and trauma for the child victim.

The multidisciplinary team approach brings together all the professionals and agencies needed to offer comprehensive services: law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, victim advocacy and the medical community. A specially-trained professional conducts forensic interviews with the child victim, while team members observe and participate from behind a one-way mirror. This approach reduces the number of times children must repeat their stories of abuse. The initial contact person and the safe atmosphere are critical in the efforts to gain children's confidence and trust.

Mental health treatment services include short-term mental health therapy, crisis intervention, assessment, case management, safety planning, criminal justice and advocacy. Because child abuse affects not only the child but the entire family, the CAC also offers the Family Advocate program. This program provides case management, education and support to parents/caregivers to help them better understand the impact of child abuse.

Tickets for the gala are $35 and can be purchased online at Eventbite.com ( www.eventbrite.com/e/cac-4th-annual-gala-tickets-62716747480). You can also find tickets on MEOC’s social media pages, including Facebook: www.facebook.com/mountainempireoldercitizens/.

To learn more about the event or if you have trouble purchasing tickets online, contact MEOC Marketing Coordinator Laura Bush at (276) 523-4202. Individual tickets as well as table sponsorships are still available.

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