By Kristen Yates
Chaucie’s Place has been known to help both children and adults with the education and prevention tactics of child abuse and youth suicide. They are always raising money to help the families that suffer the most in Hamilton and Boone counties. This year they will host their biggest fundraiser, Treasure Our Children, in Carmel at the Ritz Charles on 12156 N. Meridian St. on Oct. 9. The theme is “Beach Bash Sets Sail to the Caribbean,” attire is Hawaiian shirts, shorts, flip-flops, and sundresses.
Executive director, Toby Stark, has worked with Chaucie’s Place for the past four years and can’t recall anything more fun and exciting as this annual fundraiser. They are expecting more than 300 people to attend the event and welcome any and all who would like to be apart of their success.
The event directly sponsors the child sexual abuse and youth suicide prevention programs. Without the support of these fundraisers and the community these programs would not be funded.
“Chaucie’s Place offers programs like these to children in elementary schools in Hamilton County, Zionsville, and Lebanon, in order to educate them so that they know that their bodies belong to them,” Stark said.
Other programs include Stewards of Children, which is specifically for adults who work with children. These help our teachers, daycare workers, and volunteers watch for signs of abuse no matter the situation.
“Child sexual abuse won’t go away all by itself. It will only diminish through education, training, discussion, and intentional change. We appreciate all the support we receive from the Hamilton County community and we hope the folks will join us at Treasure our Children to learn about what they can do to keep our children safe,” Stark said.
It is $75 for an individual ticket or $750 for a table sponsorship. To purchase tickets visit www.chauciesplace.org.