Heroes helping others. That's the theme for the fourth annual Heroes Help, an event which serves as a summer fundraiser for the Delaware County Children's Special Advocacy Network. Set for the evenings of Thursday and Friday, August 29 and 30, the event is designed to let heroes, or first responders from area agencies, to act as servers at The Parrot Steakhouse and Grill in Grove.
"These evenings are designed to recognize the first responders, who stand on the front lines when it comes to child abuse and neglect," explained Jill McAbee, director for DCCSAN. "It also helps raise funds which are needed to provide support and services for children in need."
Since January, DCCSAN staff have conducted 85 forensic interviews and provided services or resources for 145 children. They also hosted the first Camp Courage, designed to give children impacted by abuse a safe place to have fun.
The DCCSAN staff includes McAbee; Tisha Boggs, forensic interviewer, Jessie Stapleton, licensed social worker, Linda Lee, family advocate and Charlie, the center's therapy dog.
"We started this as a way to supplement our primary fundraiser, Winterset," McAbee said. "Along the way we discovered this was not only a good way to recognize the people who work alongside us in fighting child abuse, but that it was also a great way to bring recognition to the various departments and their staff. We are grateful for the first responders who help protect children in the county."
More about the event
Departments involved include the Grove and Jay Police Departments, the Grove and Jay Fire Departments, Grove and Jay EMS, Delaware County Sheriff's Office, Integris, and the DCCSAN staff. Team Captains for the event include Jeff Dozier, director of Grove EMS; Mark Morris, Grove Police Chief; Mike Reed, Grove Fire Chief; Tracy Shaw, undersheriff with the Delaware County Sheriff's, and McAbee.
Volunteers from the various departments work throughout the two evenings as servers, alongside the restaurant's wait staff. Funds are raised as people provide donations, or "tips" to the servers while dining at the restaurant.
This year, as a twist, organizers have come up with a community challenge - if more than $10,000 is raised by the close of business on Friday, the team captains will "walk the dock" (also known as Honey Creek Landing Marina's courtesy boat dock), and plunge into Grand Lake.
Proceeds from the event will offset operation costs at DCCSAN. The center, located in Jay, provides forensic interviews of minors for area, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, therapy for victims of child abuse and trauma, and parenting classes for families impacted by trauma and abuse.
"It's two nights of great food and a lot of fun," McAbee said. "All of the funding provides support for Delaware county children, who are victims of abuse."
For more information
Additional information for the event may be found on the center's Facebook page. Persons who wish to make a donation towards the $10,0000 goal may contact McAbee at 918-253-4539 or donate through the website www.dccsan.org. The center is located at 337 Main Street in Jay.