On Monday, October 1, 2012 more than 100 golfers participated in the 10th annual Law & Order Golf Tournament at Hillendale Country Club. Thanks to all who played and to all of our event sponsors!
Hero Sponsor: Kelly & Associates Insurance Group/KTBSPayroll
Platinum Sponsors: McAvoy's and MECU
Gold Sponsors: Fidelity Investments, F.O.P. Lodge #3, and Mead, Flynn & Gray
Silver: Case Builders, Terry McLarney, Nicholas Szokoly, and Unlimited Restoration, Inc.
Bronze: Gerry's Tire Service, Law Offices of Brown & Brown, Pizza John's, Bill and Bonnie Ritz, Sudina Search, and Dr. Bob Yin
Chaired by Liz Ritter, BCAC's 2012 Annual Meeting took place on Thursday, June 7 at the Y of Central Maryland. BCAC honored its in-coming and out-going Board members, volunteers, donors, and community partners. BCAC also awarded Patricia Jessamy and Stuart Simms with the first Founder's Award, which was established to recognize outstanding leaders in the child advocacy arena who embody the vision and passion demonstrated by its two honorees. The program closed with Keynote Speaker, Jayne Miller, from WBAL TV.
Held on Sunday, May 20, more than 500 people attended BCAC's 2nd Annual Spring Festival at Quarry Lake at Greenspring. Guests enjoyed games, music by Meredith Marx Entertainment, pony rides, food and more. Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors:
Blue and Obrecht
Scheinker Investment Partners
MorganStanley SmithBarney and Bonnie Krosin
National Lumber Company
Pikesville Chamber of Commerce
On December 25th, 25 volunteers through Jewish Volunteer Connection packaged 500 art kits which will be given to each child that visits Baltimore Child Abuse Center this year. Thanks to all who participated!
BCAC was part of a new and special partnership this year with Stevenson University's Women's Soccer Team. This season, the team decided to adopt BCAC as their charitable cause, volunteering hours at the center, raising funds for BCAC, and helping to raise awareness of child sexual abuse.
As a team, Stevenson University's Women's Soccer Team collectively volunteered more than 40 hours, providing child-care at the center after-hours following a training on child sexual abuse prevention. The team created warm-up t-shirts with BCAC's logo, wore blue shoelaces for child abuse awareness, made an announcement before each game to share statistics on the prevalence of child abuse, and painted "BCAC" on their wrists before every competition to keep them motivated and "playing for a cause." On October 25th, 2011, the team played their last home game and BCAC presented them with a butterfly "thank you" decorated by a child from the center.
On Saturday, September 24th motorcycle drivers met at the Harley Davidson of Baltimore to ride in honor of Baltimore Child Abuse Center. The "Ride For Life" Motorcycle and Music Event was founded in 2006 by motorcycle enthusiast and BCAC Facility & Events Manager, Chuck Ritz. The event began as a creative way for individuals to give back to the communty and help make a difference in the lives of innocent children and has continued to grow over the last seven years, increasing from 35 participants in 2006 to more than 200 participants in 2011. Last year's Ride For Life event raised over $12,500.
What better excuse do adults need to jump on a 4-wheeled wagon and race through an obstacle course? On August 15th BCAC hosted its 2nd annual Wagon Race, with almost 200 people in attendance. 15 teams tackled the obstacle course this year. Special thanks to the Cockeyed Cow for sponsoring this great event!
On Saturday, September 3, Baltimore hosted its first ever Baltimore Grand Prix. BCAC was honored to be featured on The RAACE Foundation's Big Wheel where fans could gamble for prizes and donate to support prevention of child abuse. The highlight of the event was when IndyCar driver Martin Plowman joined BCAC and The RAACE Foundation to sign autographs and spin the Big Wheel. Fans gathered to collect Safe Kid Club books, The RAACE Foundation's Parent Guide, and other information on prevention.
IndyCar Driver Martin Plowman signs The RAACE Foundation's Big Wheel
On Saturday, August 13, BCAC welcomed guests into the Center to unveil a beautiful mosaic, specially designed by Art with a Heart and assembled by community volunteers. Musical performances by Claire Anthony, Justin Armstrong and Set Sail Joseph were another highlight of the evening.
An overwhelming number of volunteers and community members turned out to brighten up our center while enjoying food and music.
On December 25th, 2008, the Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) hosted a Community Mitzvah Day at BCAC. Twenty-five wonderful volunteers decorated the building and put together activities and art kits for the children who visit us. BCAC would like to thank both the JVC and the volunteers who participated. Our families appreciate it!
(Above) Volunteers painting the BCAC logo on the wall behind the front desk.
(Right) Volunteers organizing our children's library. Each child who visits BCAC leaves with a book of their choice.
(Below) Volunteers painting artwork to brighten up the walls.
(Below) Assembling art kits is definitely a team effort!
With more than 250 people in attendance, including Mayor Sheila Dixon, Archbishop O'Brien, Ms. Patricia Jessamy, and Police Commissioner Bealefield, as well as other service recipients and friends, BCAC held an Open House to dedicate the building that houses Baltimore Child Abuse Center and many of its partners. The new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Children is an important step for BCAC, as our building is now a central location for agencies that help sexually abused children and their families investigate and recover from the trauma of abuse.
Without BCAC, its onsite medical clinic, and its partners like the Baltimore City Police and Child Protective Services close together, these children would be required to go to multiple interviews and physical exams at many different locations. For many children, the investigation process could be as stressful as the abuse itself. The Center for Children is also home to agencies such as TurnAround Inc., a counseling service which is also important to help families deal with the trauma of abuse.
At BCAC, we rely on our own community to stand up for children and protect them from sexual abuse. Please support us and volunteer your time, donate gently used toys, books, or art supplies, or provide a child with a forensic interview and medical exam.
Click here for photos of the Open House and Building Dedication. Many thanks to our wonderful photographer, Ms. Laura Black, who provided her talent to BCAC for such an important occasion.
There are more photos available for viewing from Mayor Sheila Dixon's photographer Mark Dennis here. Thank you to Mark for making these photos available.