Up & Coming Weekly

September 21, 2022

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 14 UCW SEPTEMBER 21 - 27, 2022 e Child Advocacy Center is excited to pres- ent the Pinwheel Masquerade Ball and Auction to Unmask Child Abuse Oct. 1 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. With prizes and the chance to win "Best Of " in three separate categories — male, female and couples costumes — the Pinwheel Masquerade Ball is the Sandhill's "premier" fundraising event to "help the Child Advocacy Center protect chil- dren and stop abuse." e Pinwheel Masquerade Ball is one night when the CAC steps away from its role as the Sandhill's nexus between trauma focused child advocacy, law enforcement and institutional support systems to thank all of the people, busi- nesses and organizations that play such a pivotal role in bringing the CAC to life. A few years ago, the CAC decided it wanted a "more elegant affair" than some of its past fundraisers, said CAC Executive Director Roberta Humphries. "And that's where the idea for the Pinwheel Masquerade Ball came up." Pinwheels for Prevention Every April, during National Child Abuse Month, on its grounds, the CAC plants dozens of silver and blue shining pinwheels represent- ing each child the CAC served that year. anks to the CAC's many benefactors and sponsors, hundreds of pinwheels greet visitors all over Fayetteville in the spring. e Pinwheel Mas- querade Ball is designed to dovetail the official pinwheel planting. "e pinwheels are a symbol for child abuse prevention [and] basically represent the bright future that all children deserve," Humphries said. "So, we decided to carry them over to our fund- raiser event in the fall." e CAC offers pinwheels directly to its "Part- ners in Prevention," kits of 25 pinwheels and a yard sign that people can plant at home, a vase with eight pinwheels and a ribbon, plus more "pinwheel gear" that is available for purchase beginning in March at the CAC's website, Humphries said. "Basically, the best thing is for people to check back [to] our website as it gets closer to [spring 2023] for pricing on pinwheel items," Humphries added. "It's like a once-a-year [promotion] for child abuse prevention month." e Pinwheel Masquerade Ball and Auction to Unmask Child Abuse is a semi-formal affair. Black ties and masks are optional. However, what's the fun of a masquerade ball with no mask? e CAC moved the Pinwheel Masquerade Ball to the Cape Fear Botanical Garden because it offered more room than some of the other loca- tions it used in the past, Humphries said. We can do activities inside the garden's pavil- ion and utilize the "garden itself by having a tent [with] people outside, as well." Guests at the Ball can look forward to a photo booth and saxophonist in the lobby, a DJ and dance instructors, plus an artist who will create a painting to be auctioned during the Ball. Wine, beer and specialty drinks are $5 per drink. Cigars and spirits are $10 per item. Seating will be avail- able for all guests. Culinary sponsors include Carrabas, Southern Coals, Dorothy's Catering 2, e BarBQue Guy, Bees and Boards Charcuterie Company, Carrots Juice Bar and Café, Nona Sushi, Blue Pineapple Bakery, Harris Teeter, Superior Bakery, e Sweet Palette, Blue Moon and Pierro's. Cape Fear Dis- tillery will sponsor spirits. Discounted early bird ticket purchases are complete. Tickets may now be purchased for $100 per person, $175 per couple and $1200 per table of eight. One ticket gets each guest two free drink tickets, access to "culinary delights, live and silent actions," and a "celebratory atmosphere you won't soon forget." Child Advocacy Center Mission e Child Advocacy Center is a nonprofit organization run by a troupe of women profes- sionals "whose vision is [of ] a community where children live in a safe and nurturing environment free from sexual and physical abuse." e center works in tandem with communities like law enforcement, the Department of Social Services and Child advocates to "alleviate the trauma children experience once a disclosure of sexual abuse or serious physical [harm] occurs." ough the work the CAC does isn't easy, it is absolutely vital to the well-being of abused children and their families in Fayetteville and surrounding areas. Tickets can be purchased online at CAC- FayNC.org, or directly from the Child Advocacy Center, which is located at 222 Rowan Street in Fayetteville. For more information about the Pinwheel Masquerade Ball and Auction to Unmask Child Abuse, please visit Facebook.com/PinwheelMas- querade. To learn more about the CAC's pin- wheels, how to donate and/or become a benefac- tor, CacFayNC.org will be your guide. When you come down to show support for abused children, the CAC and the women that run it, do not forget your mask, Oct. 1, 7 to 11 p.m. at the Fayetteville Botanical Garden. Child Advocacy's Pinwheel Masquerade Ball and Auction raises awareness to end child abuse by R. ELGIN ZEIBER EVENT R. ELGIN ZEIBER, Contributing Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upand- comingweekly.com. 910-484-6200 e Child Advocacy Center's Pinwheel Masquerade Ball will be Oct. 1 at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. (Photo courtesy the Child Advocacy Center) e fight to end child abuse is a year-round effort. Visit CAC- FayBC.org to learn how you can help. (Photo courtesy the Child Advocacy Center)

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