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|Residents Walk to Help Child Victims of Crimes
|An area agency that helps youth victims of crimes, and helps police catch the people that commit them, is the recipient of some much-needed help from the public.
The Knox County Child Advocacy Center held its first "Champion4Children" Walk at Lake Storey Saturday. Several dozen participants raised money to take part in the nearly three-mile walk that organizers say hoped to raise $10,000 for the center, which in part, helps interview child abuse victims that is used in police investigations in court cases.
Knox County Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Becky Rossman tells WGIL she's grateful for everything the community has done.
"The communities (in Knox, Warren, and Henderson Counties) have really come together, to walk, to donate items, to become corporate sponsors," Rossman said. "They've been very supportive of us in preventing child abuse."
Rossman tells WGIL the center -- which helps kids in Knox, Warren, and Henderson Counties -- hopes to do a lot more with the money that's been raised.
"Providing more services -- counseling, specialized medical exams, those types of things," Rossman said."
Congressman Phil Hare served as the grand marshal of the event and helped cut the ribbon for it. A silent auction fundraiser was held at the Fat Fish Pub last night to raise further money for the center.
Similar walks were held throughout Iowa and Illinois Saturday. Child Advocacy Centers in Illinois helps children in 85 of the state's 102 counties.
Congressman Phil Hare, grand marshal of the Knox County Child Advocacy Center Champions4Children Walk, gets the walk started by cutting the ribbon. To the left (Hare's right) is Andrea Tenley (Family Advocate) and to the right (Hare's left) is Becky Rossman (KCCAC Executive Director)
The group of walkers listen to Congressman Phil Hare kick the event off Saturday at Lake Storey
The walkers begin their nearly three mile journey during the Knox County Child Advocacy Center Champion4Children Walk
"Blue Kids" posted along the walk route, each with the name of a corporate sponsor
A sign posted at Lake Storey for the Knox County Child Advocacy Center Champion4Children Walk
(WGIL News Story by Mike Perry and Will Stevenson. Photos by Mike Perry.)
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