Peggy Kiefer

Grove Sun

The red carpet was rolled out at the Grove Civic Center for what many say was “the event of the year". The civic center went through an amazing transformation for Winterset 2010, a fundraiser for the Delaware County Children’s Special Advocacy Network (DCCSAN). Giving Hope – Giving Light was the theme this year.

“Winterset 2010: Giving Light, Giving Hope described our event perfectly. Thanks to the generosity of those donating to Winterset, children who suffer abuse will be receiving hope for a better future. Thanks to all who continue to light our world with kindness!” said DCCSAN Board Member and Jay Upper Elementary School teacher, Jennifer Daftari.

Along with helping plan the event, Daftari took on the project of recruiting local artist and Jay High School graduate Ashley Teague to create the painting that was auctioned at the event.

“The beautiful piece of art work was created and donated especially for Winterset 2010 by artist Ashley Teague and is appropriately titled 'Every Child Can Wear Happiness With a Little Bit of Help',"said Daftari.

“The painting brought in $6,800. We are very happy and I am so proud of Ashley,” said Daftari.

“I had her in fifth grade,” she added. “She is just a college student and she donated her time, materials and the canvas for the painting, and we all know how little money college students have.”

Daftari explained that her students drew the pictures which Teague then painted onto the dress worn by the girl in the painting. “The students felt a sense of ownership. They all called it ‘my painting’ and they will be so exited to hear how much it raised,” she said.

DCCSAN, located in Jay, Okla. was established to protect and help neglected and abused children. It brings together, in one location, a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) of child abuse professionals who work together, conducting joint forensic interviews and making team decisions about the investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases.

According to the DCCSAN website, “one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before age 18. One in five children receive a sexual solicitation while on the Internet - most never tell. An estimated 906,000 children are victims of child abuse and neglect each year and statistics tell us that four children in the US die every day as a result of child abuse”.