Chaucie’s Place today announced the largest single personal donation in its nine year history – a $50,000 donation from John and Bert Anderson of Mishawaka.
The Andersons were introduced to Chaucie’s Place by their daughter Kathy, who was one of Chaucie Quillen’s teachers at Carmel High School many years ago. They have supported Chaucie’s Place through the years, but chose to make this large donation as they closed out their family foundation.
Chaucie’s Place, named for Chaucie Quillen of Carmel, works with children who have been sexually or physically abused. They go to Chaucie’s Place for an interview that is viewed simultaneously through closed circuit television by law enforcement, the prosecutor’s office and the Department of Child Services. This reduces trauma to the child, while gathering the best possible evidence for the teams’ investigations. Chaucie’s Place also conducts sexual abuse prevention programs for children and adults through its Body Safety and Stewards of Children programs.
“We wish children didn’t need a place like Chaucie’s Place, but while they do, we wanted to do everything we could to help them get through what might be one of the most difficult times in their lives,” said Bertha Anderson. Her husband John added, “Hamilton County is fortunate to have a facility like Chaucie’s Place; we are continually impressed with the staffs’ compassion for children, professionalism and integrity.”
In honor of the donation, the Multi-disciplinary Team Room (where law enforcement, the prosecutor’s office and DCS watch the interview) has been dedicated to the Anderson family.
“From the very beginning, Chaucie’s Place has enjoyed an abundance of grass-roots support from the Hamilton County community. But today, the Andersons’ stand out as heroes among heroes,” said Dave Schnase, president of Chaucie’s Place board of directors. The future of Chaucie’s Place continues to look bright thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, friends and supporters. The Andersons are the epitome of that generosity.
For more information on Chaucie’s Place, please visit www.chauciesplace.org.