April was Child Abuse Prevention month. The Support Advocacy and Resource Center (SARC) sponsored many projects in the Tri-Cities to raise money.
SARC started with the Clothesline Project from March 31 to April 4, in which crime survivors decorated T-shirts with an artistic display of how victimization affected their lives. The T-shirts were hung on a clothesline during the week at local libraries for the community to see the effect of crime on survivors.
The Little People Project ran from April 4-11. Each wooden figurine of a child represented one of the approximately 503 children who were in a law enforcement investigation of abuse in the last year in Benton and Franklin counties. They were on display at the Columbia Center mall and Washington State University.
On April 12, The Stride of Strength Walk was held to empower victims and survivors of crime and to give our community the opportunity to publicly demonstrate its commitment to preventing child abuse.
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The Kids Haven Benefit Auction ran from April 11 to May 3. Approximately 150 people attended the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Richland Community Center. Dinner was catered by El Charito. Live entertainment was provided by dancers from Rowena Chess Elementary School and a mariachi band from Ochoa Middle School. A silent auction of items donated by the community brought in about $8,300.
A special thank you to JoDee Garretson and her staff at SARC for all of their efforts throughout the year, and for putting on a great Cinco De Mayo celebration. The proceeds are used for counseling and advocacy services for abused children.
JUDI A. and GARY D. CLARK, Kennewick