One in 14 children in Tulsa County was involved in a child abuse investigation last year. This number is startling but true. The Child Abuse Network’s (CAN) professionals and volunteers believe there is hope for every child. Staff members work with each child, one at a time, to ease the pain, stop the hurt and begin the healing process.
Each year the number of children coming to CAN for services following abuse allegations steadily increases; CAN has served on average 50 children a week for the past three years. As the need for CAN’s services continues to grow the staff continues to provide top quality service for every child. Last year, CAN served 2,425 children. There is no socioeconomic boundary; child abuse is reported in every zip code in the Tulsa community.
CAN exists to reduce the trauma a child abuse investigation can pose for the child. CAN works with each child during initial stages of investigation by addressing their basic need for a safe environment. Children receive collaborative intervention services including interviews, medical exams, case reviews and mental health consultations, all done at CAN’s Children’s Advocacy Center, one place with one team working together to help the child.
A glamorous evening filled with fun and entertainment will benefit CAN at the CANdlelight Ball on April 23. The 2016 event marks the fifth anniversary of the CANdlelight Ball, which has raised over a million dollars to support more than 7,484 children in the last four years.
Since the inaugural CANdlelight Ball, CAN has provided guests with a memorable evening at the historic Mayo Hotel. This year will open with cocktails in the Grand Hall, followed by an elegant dinner and exciting live auction in the Crystal Ballroom, and conclude with a dazzling 16-piece band and dancing.
Sponsorship levels range from $1,000 to $15,000. Major sponsors thus far include the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust, the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the Barnett Family Foundation, D & L Oil Tools, Hillcrest HealthCare System, GlobalHealth and the John Steele Zink Foundation.
Call (918) 624-0201 for availability of individual reservations for $250 each. The CAN website offers opportunities to donate or volunteer for those who cannot attend the ball, childabusenetwork.org.