Davis House Child Advocacy Center, a Franklin-based nonprofit that provides services to children who have faced sexual or severe physical abuse, will host its major fundraising event of the year, Button Ball 2018 (formerly Legacy Ball), on Saturday, March 3, at The Factory at Franklin.
NewsChannel 5 anchor Rhori Johnston will return as Master of Ceremonies, and Heidi Schwartz will again provide a unique Paint Your Event experience with a memorable interpretive live painting, capturing the evening on canvas. This painting will then be featured in a live auction at the close of the Ball. A special guest speaker (a former child client of Davis House) will share her story.
The evening will start with a wine reception and silent auction beginning at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Dancing will follow the dinner, program and live auction. A “Not-So- Silent Auction” will also take place to add to the excitement.
This black-tie- optional gala draws well over 300 attendees annually.
Ticket prices are $125 per person. Online ticket registration and business sponsorship opportunities are available at davishousecac.org/buttonball2018.
Businesses interested in providing silent auction items can contact Tara Tidwell, Marketing & Community Outreach Coordinator, at 615-790-5900 x 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Button Ball is our way of having fun while fighting the very serious problem of child abuse,” says Marcus Stamps, executive director of Davis House. “Children facing abuse need to know they can count on adults in the community to help them and give them hope. These are our children, and we need to be there for them. Public investment in Davis House is necessary to eliminate child abuse and for us to continue delivering the level of service our community has become accustomed to as we serve these children and their families.”
National statistics indicate one in ten children will be victims of sexual abuse by their 18th birthday. Button Ball emphasizes the Button Jar story, which Davis House utilizes with all child clients and which is used to engage the public in their mission. The children who come to Davis House for the first time feel as if they are the only one. They feel alone. They are scared, sometimes ashamed, and often embarrassed about why they are there, even though it is not their fault. Each child on their first visit to Davis House picks out a button from the button box. They place their button into the Button Jar, which contains all the buttons from the children who have come before them. On the jar are the words “You Are Not Alone.”
“Each button represents a child,” Stamps adds. “So to those of us at Davis House, a single button is worth everything.”
Davis House is an accredited child advocacy center by the National Children’s Alliance and is committed to providing a safe environment where a child’s voice is heard and respected. Davis House served 465 new child clients last year in its four-county service area of Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry counties. With three locations, our Centers work to empower non-offending parents to protect their children, provides healing and hope through advocacy and counseling services, and actively participates in the state mandated Child Protective Investigative Team (CPIT) as it responds to allegations of child abuse.
Davis House Child Advocacy Center combats child abuse by coordinating services to children and their families in crisis and providing community education focused on prevention and early intervention. For additional information about Davis House Child Advocacy Center and the services provided, please visit www.davishousecac.org.