Snag a bag, help victims of Child Abuse

Child Abuse
“Bags, Bingo and Badges.”
Fundraiser for Child Abuse victims

MINERAL WELLS – Do purses from names like Vera Bradley, Brighton, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Tory Burch, or Michael Kors hold a special place in your heart? Perhaps you like the idea of playing a fun game of Bingo – with the purse as the purse.

Add to this local law enforcement officers and fire fighters modeling these designer handbags. Perhaps this piques interest?
Combine these with helping Palo Pinto County (and Parker County) victims of child abuse on April 2, and you will be a winner by attending the Children’s Alliance Center for Palo Pinto County’s second-annual fundraiser “Bags, Bingo and Badges.”

The fun takes place 6-9 p.m. at Clark Gardens Botanical Park, with admittance beginning at 5 p.m. Tables that have been sponsored will be guaranteed reserved seating near the action. All other (general admission) seating will be open and based on a first-come, first-served basis.

One ticket to “Bags, Bingo and Badges” includes 20 Bingo game cards for the ticket holder to play for the chance to win a designer handbag, retailing from a couple hundred dollars upwards.

Additional game cards will be for sale at the event for those who want to increase their odds of winning a specific bag. There will be light hors d’oeuvres and beverages served. A cash bar will also be available.

“Last year’s event surprised us with selling out tickets, then the turnout and the game presented by the Knights of Pythias and, ultimately, the ‘badges’ taking to the catwalk,” said CACPPC Executive Director Libby Cluett. “People were talking about the event throughout the year. That was just a warmup for BBB2015.”

“This year, I’m told the catwalk will be longer. Another exciting addition is that we will have Deborah Ferguson from NBC Channel 5 News will be our emcee,” she added.

“Bags, Bingo and Badges” coincides with April being “Child Abuse Awareness Month.” As a non-profit organization, affiliated with the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, the new Children’s Alliance Center for Palo Pinto County and its staff bring together local law enforcement investigators, Children’s Protective Services’ investigators, prosecutors, victim’s advocates and medical and mental-health professionals. Each discipline is represented on the CACPPC’s multidisciplinary team. The team collaboratively staffs cases, conducts forensic interviews and works together to build a legal case against alleged perpetrators and helping victims and their non-offending family members through services and referrals to resources.

Not yet a year old, the CACPPC has served more than 100 children through 72 child-abuse cases, all involving outcries alleging abuse, including sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, neglect, death and arson.

“Now, we are fully involved in our mission,” said Cluett, which is “Uniting collective efforts to prevent child abuse, reduce trauma of abuse, and protect children, while restoring the families of our community.”

Tickets are $30 per person for advance tickets or $40 at the door (if available). Tables that have been sponsored will be guaranteed reserved seating. All other (general admission) seating will be open and based on a first come first serve basis.

Tickets are available for purchase from Titan Bank, Palo Pinto General Hospital’s Gift Shop, Cole’s Flowers, the CACPPC (located at 204 SE 3rd Ave.) or through the website

While sponsorships to the event are available until March 20th (unless sold out before), the CACPPC would like to thank the following local event sponsors who have already committed to joining the CAC cause:

Event sponsor is First Financial Bank. Game sponsors are Titan Bank, Community National Bank, Jonell, Inc., Farm Bureau Insurance, Ace Hardware, Jack Powell Auto Group, Kim and Dan Kinerd, Barbara Upham and Bob Dempsey, Genesys Aerosystems, North Texas Pressure Vessels, Mineral Wells B&PT, Texas Drinking Water Systems, Inc and Blackbird Consulting. Game sponsors range from $1,000 to $5,000 and there are currently just five spots left. For sponsorship or event information, contact Joy Eaton at 817-991-9574.

“Bags, Bingo and Badges” is not just for women; men have a chance to have fun and come home a hero by bringing their significant other a very nice bag.

The CACPPC wants you to come join the fun and snag a new bag

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