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Halloween Party Raises Over $26,000 to Protect Local Children

Anne Caminiti of MommeeFriends.com and family enjoy the Halloween Party to Protect Children

Garden City, NY – October 20, 2017 – On Saturday, October 14th, almost 200 children, parents, and guardians came together for a spooktacular Halloween party in support of EAC Network’s Children & Youth programs, which serve over 5,000 children in crisis across Long Island. Over $26,000 was raised to help these children who have been abused, neglected, or trafficked, who are in foster care, or who are struggling with other basic needs.

Dressed in their sweetest and scariest costumes, Halloween Party to Protect Children attendees enjoyed full range of the Long Island Children’s Museum, magical illusions by The Amazing Ivan, music and games by Connoisseur Media Long Island’s K98.3, delectable food, prizes, and more. “My son Nicholas and I had yet another great time at the Halloween Party,” said Bernadette Kehlmann, Junior Accountant at EAC Network. “As an EAC Network staff member, I enjoy supporting our fundraisers that help our own programs and clients.”

Funds raised at the event help fill in the cracks where they are needed most amongst programs like:

  • Chance to Advance, which reduces risk factors for youth in foster care by promoting life skills and enrichment through one-on-one mentoring and group activities
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), in which trained volunteer advocates assist Family Court to secure children in foster care a permanent home
  • Project Access, which facilitates non-custodial parents’ access to visitations with their children
  • Supervised Visitation, which hosts safe, supervised visitations between non-custodial parents and their children
  • Safe Harbour, which protects and cares for children who have been, or who are at risk of being, sexually exploited
  • Safe Start, which improves the safety of children (and all occupants) riding in motor vehicles
  • The Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center (CAC), which reduces the trauma of child sexual/physical abuse or neglect and promotes the coordinated prosecution of offenders
  • and The Suffolk County Children’s Center at Cohalan Court, which provides a safe place where children engage in fun and educational activities while their parents or guardians attend to court business

“It’s inspiring when our community comes together to help children in crisis,” said Lance W. Elder, President & CEO at EAC Network. “Thanks to the support of our event attendees, sponsors, and donors, we’re able to enhance our vital work to improve the lives of so many struggling kids, and we are deeply grateful.”

To learn more about EAC Network’s Children & Youth Services, visit www.eac-network.org/children-youth-services.

View photos from the event here.

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About EAC Network

EAC Network is a not-for-profit human service agency that empowers, assists, and cares for over 70,000 children, families, and seniors in crisis across Long Island and New York City. Among those we assist are children who have been abused or who are in foster care, people struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues, vulnerable seniors needing support, individuals seeking gainful employment, and more. For more information, visit us at www.eac-network.org, call (516) 539-0150, or check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @EACNet.

Contact

Alena Jones │ Director of Development & Marketing │ (516) 539-0150 x117 │ alena.jones@eac-network.org

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