Sunday night I headed to the Fourth Annual Dancing With the Stars Austin. Arguably the most fun and meaningful event each year–and I’m not just saying that because I danced in it two years ago. I say that because it benefits the Center for Child Protection. Many in the Austin area don’t know that the Center even exists.
Every time you watch the evening news and hear of a child that was physically or sexually abused or has witnessed abuse, know that the Center for Child Protection has its hand deeply in helping that child through the legal and medical process with the goal of making that child whole again...
The event is off the charts. Local celebs spend months perfecting a dance with their pro partners in full costume, lights and live camera shots.
The city comes out with support form the Police and Sheriff’s department (who work heavily with the Center for Child Protection), Lexus of Austin donates a brand new car for an exclusive raffle, businesses sponsor aspects of the event and Austinites make it a sold out event each year. And of course, ladies and gents are dressed in their best.
Although the night is full of fun, fashion, laughter and entertainment, the best part of the night is hearing how much was raised in one night to help our children have a voice.
This year Dancing With the Stars Austin raised over $900,000.
Some might say that the you have to have kids to love them or to understand their value in society. I say pish posh. I don’t know if my blessings include children of my own, but I have the ability to support the children of my community.
Whether its mentoring the 10th grade young women at my church, feeding and clothing children through The Junior League of Austin, speaking at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, or dancing/attending Dancing With The Stars Austin for the Center for Child Protection, this Girl-on-the-Go supports the Children.
About the Center for Child Protection
Mission: To reduce the trauma for children during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases.
Founded in 1989, the Center for Child Protection is the first stop for children who are suspected victims of sexual and physical abuse and for children who have witnessed a violent crime. An accredited children’s advocacy center serving Travis County, children are referred to the Center exclusively by law enforcement and Child Protective Services, and each child is brought to the Center by a caregiver for a recorded interview, forensic medical exam, counseling, and crisis intervention. All services are provided at no charge and most are available in English and Spanish.