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Derby-themed gala to support The Child Center set for April 27

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The Child Center, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides services to children victimized by abuse and neglect in Northeast Missouri will host its annual gala, Saturday, April 27, 2019, to raise much-needed funds to continue fighting child abuse.

The 6th annual black-tie Gala will be themed around a Kentucky Derby garden party and guest are encouraged to wear bow ties and hats while enjoying themed drinks and appetizers, a three-course dinner, an impressive live & silent auction, and top-notch entertainment by the Downtime Band. The event will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles and is open to the public.

“We are not just a charity, we are an essential service to our community and are committed to providing our services to our community’s most vulnerable children”, Sissy Swift, Executive Director, “The One with Courage Gala is a fun and exciting event bringing our community together to raise vital funds for the Center.”

The Child Center, Inc. will also recognize their award winners for 2019 during the Gala. Honorary Chairpersons, Dan Mudd and Lisa Valenti; Volunteer of the Year, Traci Everman; Supporter of the Year, Bruce & Kirsten Pahde; and Funder of the Year, Mercy Kids.

“We are so grateful to have such compassionate and dedicated champions for our agency,” Sissy Swift, Executive Director, “Awardees are chosen based on their commitment to our mission and the contribution of time, talent, and treasure. Each awardee has gone above and beyond to help end child abuse.”

Sponsorships are available starting at $300 and individual tickets are $125. To become a sponsor, donate an auction item, or to learn more about attending the event, please visit or contact Lisa Zweifel at 636-332-0899 or

Proceeds benefit the mission of The Child Center, Inc. a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. The Child Center, Inc. is committed to responding to child abuse through a supportive team approach to reduce the trauma to children & their families. Healing ~ Helping ~ Hope

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