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Kane Child Advocacy Center to honor Hunsaker Smith

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Officials at the Kane County Child Advocacy Center, which investigates crimes against children, hope to make a weekend fundraiser in Wayne an annual event.

The Friends of Child Advocacy, which is the fundraising wing of the CAC, will host its Brightest Star Reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Dunham Woods Riding Club, 33W333 Army Trail Road.

Lori Chassee, the CAC's executive director, said the event has three goals: To recognize people who work on behalf of children; to raise awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month; and to hopefully raise at least $20,000 to help cover the costs of therapy, food and clothing for victims, along with emergency relocation costs.

"We haven't had (this fundraiser) for several years. This is really reactivating an activity we used to do," Chassee said. "We just thought the time was right to recognize folks who work so diligently on behalf of children in Kane County."

The Friends of Advocacy will honor Lori Hunsaker Smith, a social worker who has assisted the CAC and is director of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office's Victim Witness Unit.

"She is truly a remarkable woman," Chassee said.

The cost is $50 per person and will include hors d'oeuvres, beverages and desserts. Part of the ticket cost is tax deductible and attire is business casual. The event also will feature a silent auction and a wine grab.

Those interested can register online at, pay at the door or call (630) 443-6330. If you can't make it and wish to donate, click here.

For more information about the event or the center, call (630) 208-5160.

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