Mission Kids Hosts 8th Annual “Mission Possible” Fundraiser
Business and Community Leaders, Law Enforcement Officials and Child Advocates Raise $400,000 to support the Gift of Hope for Local Victims of Child Abuse
East Norriton, PA – April 4, 2016 – Mission Kids, the nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center in Montgomery County, PA, held its 8thannual Mission Possible fundraiser at the Franklin Institute in Center City, Philadelphia on Thursday, April 7th. This is the first time the event was held outside of Montgomery County and demonstrates that while the mission is local, the message transcends geographical borders. Mission Kids has become a modelchild advocacy center, and champions the continuing need to fight child abuse.
“We’ve come a long way, but there is still a lot of work yet to be done. We helped 598 alleged victims in 2015 alone, and each year the number of cases increases,” says Mission Kids Executive Director and CEO, Abbie Newman. “The money raised during our event will help support our 2016 goals in part, and while our event was monumental this year, the need still persists and so must the funding.”
This year’s fundraiser featured Keynote speaker Sasha Neulinger, a victim of child abuse and creator of the documentary “Rewind to Fast-Forward”. Sasha’s documentary tells his emotional story of abuse as a child, and gives intimate and inspiring insight into one survivor’s healing process. His case, prosecuted by former Montgomery County District Attorney and now Judge Risa Vetri Ferman nearly 20 years ago, was the pivotal case inspiring the vision that led to the creation of Mission Kids.
This year’s fundraiser also highlighted the unwavering support from Nick and Athena Karabots, whose Foundation has provided for Mission Kids over the years.
“We couldn’t have opened our doors without the support of Nick and Athena Karabots,” Newman explains. “Their aid provided essential equipment at our first site, and has continued to be foundational towards our growth. Thanks in no small part to their ongoing help, we’ve been able to provide services to over 2,800 abused children and their families.”
Those interested in making a donation to Mission Kids may contact Abbie Newman, Executive Director, at 484-687-2990 or visit www.missionkidscac.org.