Family Resource Center 30th Anniversary Gala Nets More Than $35,000 for Child Abuse Prevention

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A gala and auction celebrating Family Resource CenterÂ?s 30 years of helping St. Louis children and their families netted more than $35,000 to support the agencyÂ?s work to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.

A gala and auction celebrating Family Resource Center’s 30 years of helping St. Louis children and their families netted more than $35,000 to support the agency’s work to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.

More than 340 partiers bid high and often at the event, hosted by Platinum Sponsor MasterCard International. Additional sponsors included Anheuser-Busch International, The Boeing Company, American Direct Marketing Resources, AAA of Missouri, St. Luke’s Hospital, Goldstein & Pressman, P.C., Carol House Furniture, and the Independent Order of Foresters.

“We are so pleased to be able to count on the support of many of St. Louis’ most generous individuals and companies,” said Greg Echele, Family Resource Center’s executive director. “To have such a great turnout as we celebrate three decades of helping children is both an honor and a thrill.”

A special honor, the inaugural Herman T. and Phenie R. Pott Child Advocacy Award, was presented to Steven Burrows, President and CEO of Anheuser-Busch International, in recognition of his outstanding efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children. Another 33 special friends of Family Resource Center were also recognized for their dedicated service to the organization over the past 30 years.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the agency’s programs in family counseling; therapeutic day treatment; family preservation and reunification; child abuse prevention and treatment; foster care and adoption; mentoring, and training. Since FRC opened its doors in 1974, it has served more than 90,000 children and families.

The event also marked the launch of the 2004 Adopt-an-Angel and Holiday Store campaigns for Family Resource Center. The Adopt-an-Angel program allows people to make holiday dreams come true for hundreds of kids in foster care by purchasing gifts on their wish lists. The Holiday Store allows client parents of other FRC programs to “shop” for gifts for their families free of charge.

More information on contributing to these programs and on Family Resource Center generally is available online at http://www.frcmo.org or by calling (314) 534-9350.

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