Thank you to all our sponsors and guests who made this year's Bids for Kids an amazing success. We sincerely appreciate your generosity and commitment to the children of Lake and Sumter counties.
Become a Bids for Kids Sponsor:
Download our Sponsor Agreement Form. Thank you for your support!
Donate Auction Items:
Please complete the Item Donation Form.
To simply give, please click the Donate button below:
All financial contributions made to the Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center are tax deductible.
AdventHealth Waterman; Arden's Fine Jewelers; Bob & Colleen Wotring; Collaborative Wealth; Dodd & Jill McDowell; Ernie Morris Enterprises, Inc.; George & Myra Scott; James C. & Susan E. Nash; Janice Barnett; Jo Wiggins; John & Terry Neal, in memory of Emogene W. Stegall; Lake County Sheriff's Office; Lake Medical Imaging; Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC; Logan Sitework Contractors, Inc.; M & S Air Conditioning & Appliance Service of Central Florida, LLC; M. B. Fuller; M. Meredith Kirste, P.A.; Mount Dora Community Trust; Mr. & Mrs. Winston Bailey; Nash Plumbing & Mechanical, LLC; Peggy W. Bryson; Peter & Nancy Wahl; Phillips Toyota; Rachel Horn; Richard P. Newman; Ro-Mac Building Supply; Scott M. Windsor; SECO Energy; Stephanie & Jeff Anderson; Stinson Electric; Summers Enterprises; Sumter County Sheriff's Office; Taylor Leasing; Ted C. Prosser, Jr. & Ellen B. Prosser; The Washo Law Firm, P.A.; UF Health Central Florida; United Southern Bank; William & Robin Cauthen; William Spell III & Rachel Spell
Boyd Rental Inc.; Cecil Clark Chevrolet; Christine J. Heaton; Cindy Clark; Don Allison; Donna Braun; Dr. & Mrs. F. M. Shami; Enviro-Pro Tree Farm & Nursery, Inc.; Etheredge Chiropractic & Weight Loss Centers; Freddy & Tracy Belton; Harry W. Hawes Family Trust; In Honor of Wendell & Margaret Henkenmeier; J. Ugarte Medicine of Florida PA; Jayne Wakeman, Edward Jones; John Dicioccio; John & LaDonna Glover; Larry & Nancy Humes; Law Office of Ben Boylston, PA; Law Office of Robyn A. Hudson, PA; New Song Community Church; Paul & Patricia Mueller; Ryan & Elizabeth Parent Family; Sammy Joe's Pizzeria Cafe; St. Luke's at The Villages; Wade Surveying, Inc.
Hewitt Environmental Systems
A special letter from our Executive Director:
Please note: The LSCAC Child Protection Team (CPT) conducts forensic interviews with child survivors of physical abuse, sexual abuse and/or severe neglect. In some cases, an interview occurs the very day of a child’s victimization - at a time when that child is most vulnerable and suffering inexpressible pain. With utmost compassion and sensitivity, the interviewers extract crucial information from the child regarding the alleged trauma event. That information, combined with physical evidence collected in the course of the child’s obligatory medical examination, supports Law Enforcement, DCF and the State’s Attorney Office in their respective decision-making in the case. The case of “Amy” (named changed to preserve confidentiality), the subject of the following article, is illustrative of the exemplary collaborative efforts of CPT and counseling at LSCAC. Amy’s courage serves as enduring inspiration to us all.
When I contemplate the essential services we provide at our Center, my mind invariably turns to a former client named Amy. Amy was a tiny, timid, soft-spoken five-year-old when she first appeared before us, the victim of repeated acts of sexual battery committed by a once loved and trusted family member. As with many survivors of abuse, Amy expressed reluctance over identifying her perpetrator and detailing the trauma to which she had been subjected. Our conventional interventions, including a forensic interview, a medical examination and crisis counseling, would not initially shake that reluctance. Subsequently, Amy received several months of trauma-focused counseling, and time passed. When hope of bringing Amy’s perpetrator to justice was all but abandoned, Amy unexpectedly appeared before us once more. This time she presented with a louder voice, an assertive tone and a new-found confidence. It would seem that Amy was living testimony to the power of therapy. Though she admitted to being “scared to tell everything”, Amy named body parts, sexual acts, and, ultimately, the offending family member. It took two full years from our first encounter with Amy, but she finally got her day in court. With a trusty therapy dog by her side, she courageously faced down her perpetrator and recounted his heinous acts. And when it was done, Amy’s vicious attacker received a series of consecutive life sentences – all because of the compelling testimony of a brave little girl who found her voice and the justice she so richly deserved.
We are privileged to facilitate recovery for at-risk children as Amy every day at our Center. In fact, last year we provided life-changing services to over 1,000 children, including forensic interviews, medical examinations, crisis counseling and therapy. Amazingly, we provided all of these essential services at absolutely no charge to our families. It is through your generous financial support that we relieve families of financial burden and permit them to focus on their children’s trauma recovery.
We invite you to help us once again. Our annual Bids for Kids fundraiser provides the operating funds necessary to allow our Center to serve the community. We ask you to become a Corporate Sponsor at one of the levels listed on the sponsor agreement form. Your kind sponsorship shall help us continue to provide the necessary healing services to child survivors of abuse. We appreciate your generosity, compassion and support. Thank you!
Brenda S. Crellen, Executive Director
We offer four levels of corporate (or private) sponsorships each year. Contributions made to the Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center are tax deductible and acknowledged in writing. We also offer opportunities to sponsor a child's therapy either prior to Bids 4 Kids or at our Live Auction. The sponsorship levels are as follows:
In order to make our fundraiser auction a success and help raise money for the CAC, we sincerely appreciate the donation of items such as:
Please download, print and complete the form, then contact us by phone, fax, mail or email:
Bids 4 Kids Sponsor Agreement Form
We accept sponsorships via Visa or MC credit card, or you can make your check payable to "Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center."
Bids 4 Kids Auction Donation Form
We will contact you to confirm and arrange pick-up of items.
Phone: (352) 323-8303
Fax: (352) 323-1394
Mail: 300 S. Canal St., Leesburg, FL 34748
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (you may scan your form and email it to us)
Contributions made to the Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center are tax deductible. If you have any questions about the Center or how to become a sponsor, please call us at (352) 323-8303 or email email@example.com. If you cannot be a sponsor at this time, please consider becoming a CAC Friend (donation under $500). Although we only have one big fundraiser per year, all contributions are gladly accepted throughout the year. Please consider a donation at any time.