The Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County will hold its annual Diamond Dinner Auction fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. April 20 at the Chautauqua Golf Course in Chautauqua.
In 2012, the Child Advocacy Program raised more than $13,000 at the event. Through sponsorships, ticket sales and auction proceeds, the program was able to continue providing services for children at their Jamestown and Dunkirk locations. Another major part of the event is the Champion of Children Award. The Champion of Children Award honors an individual, group or organization that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect children and is an inspiration to others. District Attorney David Foley will be at the event to present the award.
"This year, CAP will be involving even more people in the fight against child abuse," said Jana McDermott, Child Advocacy Program executive director. "We are accepting nominations from the community for our Champion of Children Award."
Food for the event is provided by Andriaccio's Restaurant and Catering of Chautauqua with wine sponsored by Liberty Winery and Vineyards of Sheridan. The event features live and silent auctions with dozens of gift baskets, gift certificates and even some autographed sports memorabilia. The name of the event itself comes from the program's giveaway of a piece of donated diamond jewelry.
"This year, a dazzling three-stone diamond dinner ring was donated by Brown Surveying PC," McDermott said. "Every person that purchases a ticket gets a chance to enter to win this beautiful piece of jewelry. Attendees can also purchase additional tickets at the event to try to win. All proceeds go to benefit the tireless work we do all year long."
Other sponsors for the event include Cummins JEP, Media One Group, Jamestown Pediatrics, Zonta Club of Jamestown, FSC Systems, Afloral.com, Lakeview Paving and Moore & Myott LLP-CPA.
There were more than 2,000 reports of child abuse in Chautauqua County in 2012. The Child Advocacy Program offers a wide range of options for community members, including volunteering and being educated with the program's Stewards of Children Seminar.
"Our community is passionate about helping children," McDermott said. "Whether you are an individual, family, civic organization or business, Chautauqua County unites for its children and people are always happy to contribute goods or services to our cause."
For more information on the Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County, nominate someone for the Champion of Children award or to purchase tickets to the Diamond Dinner Auction, visit www.capjustice.org or call 388-9844.