Children's Advocacy Center gala supports services for abuse victims

  • Chad Arthur of South Barrington, left, and event chairman Troy Triphahn mingle during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night.

      Chad Arthur of South Barrington, left, and event chairman Troy Triphahn mingle during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Meghan Kurfirst, left, and her husband, Steven, of Arlington Heights, talk with Simone Wheeler, director of development for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" at Medinah Country Club Saturday night.

      Meghan Kurfirst, left, and her husband, Steven, of Arlington Heights, talk with Simone Wheeler, director of development for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" at Medinah Country Club Saturday night. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • People enjoy cocktails during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night.

      People enjoy cocktails during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Chad Arthur of South Barrington, left, talks with event chairman Troy Triphahn during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night.

      Chad Arthur of South Barrington, left, talks with event chairman Troy Triphahn during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Melissa Canning, left, of Inverness and Laura Lowderman of Wauconda look through silent auction items during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night.

      Melissa Canning, left, of Inverness and Laura Lowderman of Wauconda look through silent auction items during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Ken and Jane Manson of Schaumburg look through silent auction items during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night.

      Ken and Jane Manson of Schaumburg look through silent auction items during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Melissa Canning, left, of Inverness and Laura Lowderman of Wauconda mingle during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night.

      Melissa Canning, left, of Inverness and Laura Lowderman of Wauconda mingle during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Valerie and Brian Lucas of Palatine, the couple on the left, and Terri and Eddie Cisneros of Schaumburg mingle during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night.

      Valerie and Brian Lucas of Palatine, the couple on the left, and Terri and Eddie Cisneros of Schaumburg mingle during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • People look over silent auction items during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night.

      People look over silent auction items during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Mark Parr, executive director for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County and his wife, Terese, look through silent auction items during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night.

      Mark Parr, executive director for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County and his wife, Terese, look through silent auction items during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Yvonne Davis of Schaumburg, left, Cara Liace of Mount Prospect and Abraham Diaz of Chicago enjoy the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night.

      Yvonne Davis of Schaumburg, left, Cara Liace of Mount Prospect and Abraham Diaz of Chicago enjoy the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Meghan Kurfirst, left, and her husband, Steven, of Arlington Heights, mingle with Simone Wheeler, director of development for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" at Medinah Country Club Saturday night.

      Meghan Kurfirst, left, and her husband, Steven, of Arlington Heights, mingle with Simone Wheeler, director of development for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" at Medinah Country Club Saturday night. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • From left, Tracey Traub, Nicole Ciesla and Brenda Lombardo, all of Chicago, enjoy the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night.

      From left, Tracey Traub, Nicole Ciesla and Brenda Lombardo, all of Chicago, enjoy the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • People mingle during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night.

      People mingle during the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" for the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County at Medinah Country Club Saturday night. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 4/21/2018 9:38 PM

Supporters of the Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County gathered for a fundraising gala Saturday night at Medinah Country Club.

Organizers hoped that the "Hope, Heal, Grow Gala" would raise $155,000 for the Hoffman Estates-based agency that provides services for abused children and families.

 

Last year, the center served 1,030 children and adults through its three primary programs -- an increase of about 5.5 percent from 2016.

With a portion of the event proceeds, the center wants to hire a prevention specialist -- a new position for the agency. That employee would serve as a resource for schools and parent groups in the broader community -- the center serves 38 towns -- by offering personal body safety lessons, among other means of abuse prevention.

Gala organizers also presented Billie Larkin, who retired in March as executive director for Children's Advocacy Centers of Illinois, with the Champion of Children award.

The event was chaired by Troy Triphahn, a member of the leadership board for the suburban center and chief operating officer of the WT Group, a Hoffman Estates engineering firm.

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