Annual fundraiser for Advocacy Network for Children to be held Oct. 21 at the Ambiance


QUINCY — Advocacy Network for Children will hold its annual fundraising event, “Tailgate to Celebrate,” at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at The Ambiance, 5225 Koch’s Lane.

Live and silent auctions, games, a raffle and more will be offered. Local businesses and volunteers donate their time and merchandise for the event. The dollars raised will help Advocacy Network for Children provide advocacy for abused and neglected children in nine counties in West-Central Illinois.

Reservations are required. Cost is $50 per person. Anyone interested in attending should call the Advocacy Network for Children office at 217-223-2272. Reservations can be made by registering at

This year’s fundraising committee members are:

  • Brooke Hunsaker and Kylee Straube, co-chairs
  • Denise Tallcot
  • Kori Griffin
  • Deanne Corzatt
  • Jeri Conboy
  • Erica Parrish
  • Angie St. Clair
  • Sue Allen
  • Gina Wolf
  • Sally Westerhoff
  • Lisa Theurer, agency staff member
  • Diane Pieper, agency staff member
  • Danielle Buss, agency staff member

Dinner sponsors are:

  • Quincy Recycle
  • Gully Transportation
  • Mercantile Bank
  • Knapheide Manufacturing Company
  • Stevenson Paxton Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Farlow Real Estate Experts
  • Entrup Drywall and Painting, Inc.
  • Hansen Spear Funeral Home
  • First Mid Bank and Trust
  • Gardner Denver
  • Blessing Health System
  • State Street Bank
  • Barney’s Tavern
  • Peoples Prosperity Bank
  • Hilbing Autobody
  • Thrivent
  • Quincy Medical Group
  • United Community Credit Union
  • Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu and Mitchell
  • Smith Brothers Powersports
  • Refreshment Services Pepsi
  • Carter’s Coffee Bar
  • Bopi
  • Lowell Yates
  • Photo Organizer Michele Pickett
  • Tom and Sally Westerhoff
  • 3 Branches Boutique and Spa
  • Kohl Wholesale and
  • Carthage Memorial Hospital.

This year’s “Clairice Hetzler Advocacy for Children Award” recipient is Joy Jurrens. The “Advocacy Network for Children Business Award” recipient is Knapheide Manufacturing Company. Both awards will be presented at the dinner.

Advocacy Network for Children provides two distinct and unique programs for abused and neglected children — the Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children and the Children’s Advocacy Center. The heart of its mission is to protect and uphold the rights of abused or neglected children and to act as a powerful voice in these children’s best interest. Nearly 1,000 children were served by the agency in its two core and distinct programs during the last fiscal year.

Advocacy Network for Children provides a prevention program to children Pre-K through fifth grade to teach children how to recognize welcome and unwelcome touches, how to say “no” and who to report unwelcome touches to. The curriculum used, “Happy Bear and P.S. It’s My Body!,” is evidence-based and age appropriate. Presentations were made to nearly 2,000 children last fiscal year.

All services provided by Advocacy Network for Children are free of charge. Staff is available every day at any hour. For more information about Advocacy Network for Children, visit the agency’s website at

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