Benefit will aid CAC’s efforts
by BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Apr 03, 2014 | 847 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There is an almost universal feeling that nothing good comes out of politics.

An event scheduled for next week may be an item to cause people to reconsider that thought.

On Saturday, April 12, a benefit will be held to aid in funding the local Child Advocacy Center.

The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cleveland Family YMCA, with an admission price of $5.

There will be food and music, and a dose of old-time press-the-flesh politics.

However, the candidates who attend will pay a price that will lend itself to assist children in need.

The center, which has only been in operation with a Cleveland site for a few years, is designed to aid children who have been victims of sexual and severe physical abuse, as well as their families.

Within the walls of the center, children are allowed a “comfort zone” where their stories can be documented and needed therapies to help with mind and body can be administered.

However, the center is a nonprofit organization and relies on moneys mainly from the United Way or voluntary donors.

One person had the idea to take the current election climate and have it rain for the good instead of plowing seeds of insults and accusations.

Josh Standifer is a graduate of Lee University and a supporter of 10th Judicial District attorney candidate Stephen Hatchett.

His idea was originally to hold a fundraiser for the candidate and give some of the proceeds to charity.

“Stephen thought things would be better as far as participation goes to move it away from the campaign and do it simply as a fundraiser with all the proceeds going to the CAC,” Standifer said.

He said Hatchett felt it was “better to spend political capital for the CAC” of which Hatchett is a member of the board of directors.

“This month is Child Abuse Awareness Month and it seemed like the appropriate cause,” Standifer said. “The center provides so much hope to children who find themselves in those situations. It is so important what they do there.”

Those who decide to give their $5 at the door will not be immune from politics.

Candidates are being allowed to buy tables where they can meet voters and hand out campaign literature for tables that are costing from $100 to $300; however, all of the table fees will go to the CAC.

There are also several local food outlets that will be there to show off their culinary specialties.

Hatchett was reluctant to speak much about the event, fearing it might be perceived as a campaign stunt on his part.

“If I win, I win. If I lose, I can be a small-town attorney and be happy,” he said. “But, at least I can look back at the end and say something good came out of the campaign.”