Shine On! Gala set for April 23

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TBCAC-Shine-On Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2015 4:36 pm

BY SARAH ELMS selms@record-eagle.com TRAVERSE CITY — “Shine on” is the staff motto at the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center. It’s also the name of their first gala fundraiser set for next week. Officials designated the April 23 event as a way to build awareness about child abuse prevention and also to celebrate the community partnerships that keep children safe. Hannah Rodriguez, the center’s prevention coordinator, called the gala “a collage performance.” Singer-songwriter Miriam Pico will emcee the event, which will include musical performances by Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s Michael Beery and duo Seth Bernard and May Erlewine. There will also be a spoken word performance by a survivor of child sexual abuse. “That is going to be very powerful,” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez cautioned anyone sensitive to the topic or parents intending to bring small children that the spoken word piece may be difficult for some to hear. The gala also will include a silent auction for a children’s bicycle. All proceeds from the auction and a portion of the event’s ticket sales will go directly to the advocacy center and its programs. The nonprofit provides child abuse prevention and intervention services to children and families throughout the community, and officials rely greatly on grants and donations. “Everything we do at the Children’s Advocacy Center for children and families we provide for free,” Rodriguez said. “Support from our community financially and socially is so important for use so that we can continue to do this work.” The gala is April 23 from 7-9 p.m. at InsideOut Gallery in Traverse city. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at mynorth.com or at the door.


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