It’s almost time to “come on down” to the 14th annual “Price is Right” themed benefit to raise money for the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center. The event will he held on Saturday, March 14 at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Funds raised from this event help the coalition and advocacy center to protect children from abuse and neglect of all forms as well as providing intervention and treatment when children become victims.
“We’re close to St. Patrick’s Day so we’re encouraging everybody to wear a little bit of green” Child Advocacy Center executive director Sherry Reinhardt said. “The community looks forward to this event every year. You won’t find more family fun for $10. The games are very true to life and there’s lots of great prizes. The event is once again sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank. This is a wonderful event that people start asking about as soon as it’s over. By next month, people will be calling me asking for the date to put on their calendar for next year.”
Something new this year will be lucky scratch off tickets for $5 and everyone’s a winner. There will be two special tickets which will allow the lucky holders to bypass and come straight down to spin the big wheel. In the “Plinko” game, sponsored by Piedmont Natural Gas, the winner can win $1,000. Other prizes include a zero-turn lawn mower donated by Lowe’s Home Improvement of Lincolnton, a beach house vacation, 58-inch 4K television, beautiful indoor and outdoor furniture, laptops, a family of four trip to Disney and cash. There will also be door prizes for children and many items will be available at a silent auction, a bake sale with homemade cakes and local art.
As he has for the past 14 years, Stuart Boyles from Carolina Furniture Mart will play the part of one of “Barker’s Beauties.” Last Year’s Apple Queen, Kayla Jackson and her court will be the real beauties for the night. Dr. Steve Austin will be the Big Wheel Leprechaun and several Lincoln County Sheriff Deputies and members of the explorer’s club will be helping out dressed as leprechauns.
“We are hoping to exceed last year’s total of almost $30,000,” Reinhardt said. “These funds are used for protecting and preventing child abuse, providing classes and resources for families who have been displaced due to child abuse, mental and medical help, booklets for children about personal safety and so many more services.”
The organization conducted 215 forensic interviews and served more than 240 children last year as a child advocacy center Reinhardt added, but in Lincoln County there were more than 1,900 children who were reported to social services as abused or neglected which is more than 10 percent of the population of Lincoln County.
“This year’s very important to us,” Reinhardt said. “Funding for child advocacy centers is being cut 30% next year. We’re very nervous and we’re trying to make sure that we don’t lose any ground that this community has built over the past 14 years. There are rumors that we’ll be cut another 30% in the following year which will be devastating if you don’t start building a reserve.”
Reinhardt invites businesses to attend and show their support by wearing green, bringing signs or wearing their T-shirts. There’s a videographer and photographer on hand recording the event so it’s a great way to show their support of the fight against child abuse.
The doors of the James W. Warren Citizens Center which is located at 115 West Main Street in Lincolnton will open on Saturday, March 14 at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 6 p.m. Dinner will be available in the café which will feature homemade hotdogs from Houser Farms, pizza, drinks and baked goods. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. Children under 12 are free. For more information, visit www.cac-lincolncounty.org.