located at American Muscle Car Museum on 3500 Sarno Road. in Melbourne
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The American Muscle Car is re-opening for non-profit functions on April 24 for an event by the Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard.
The event, CARS 4 KIDS 2, is raising funds for trauma services for child-abuse victims who come through the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard.
CARS 4 KIDS 2 will be from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021, at the American Muscle Car Museum, 3500 Sarno Rd., Melbourne.
The museum is a world-renown private collection of 350 classic automobiles and was started by local businessman and philanthropist Mark Pieloch. Mr. Pieloch only opens the museum for specific charity events, and CARS 4 KIDS 2 will be the first non-profit affair this year.
Pieloch is hosting this charity event to create support for hope and healing for child abuse victims.
“We can’t thank Mark Pieloch enough for his support,” said Susan Moore, president of the Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard.
“He has been a wonderful community partner for many organizations in Brevard County, and we’re so happy that he is re-opening this facility for CARS 4 KIDS 2.” Leading up to the event, the Friends of the CACB are holding an online travel auction with lots of other amazing items you’re sure to love, beginning at 8 a.m. April 20 (Tuesday) and concluding at 8 p.m. April 24.
Ready to begin making plans for travel soon? Look at these amazing travel destinations included in the auction!
Tropical Costa Rica:
Pleasures and Treasures of Tuscany:
Wine, Wonders, and Romance of France:
Each bucket list trip is for two people, includes roundtrip air, and deluxe accommodations.
Three years to book the trip, there are no blackout dates, and an AmFund travel specialist will work with winning bidders to book their trip.
Proceeds from the auction will support the CACB’s programs and services for abused children.
The Friends of the CACB, which helps the CACB in funding programs, is partnering with the American Fundraising Foundation (https://www.amfund.org/) to host the auction.
According to the National Children’s Alliance, the COVID 19 pandemic was the “perfect storm” for child abuse. Children were isolated in the home engaged in online learning, apart from those caring adults, like teachers, coaches, and other child-serving professionals who are typically the first to learn of problems in the home and who are the source of most child abuse reports.
In home, where statistics tell us that 93% of abusers are an immediate family member.
“We initially saw a decline in reports when COVID first hit us,” said Jeanie Raciti, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard.
“That’s because teachers, caretakers and others were not able to assess potential child abuse cases and make reports. When schools re-opened, our reports / referrals jumped significantly.”
More than 1,500 child abuse assessments such as Forensic Interviews and Medical Evaluations were completed at the Advocacy Center in FY 2020.
The Clinical Intervention Program of the Advocacy Center provided over 5000 hours of onsite crisis and short-term trauma focused counseling for child victims and their non-offending family members. Reports of child abuse began to increase the latter part of 2020 and as this trend continues, there is great concern that the treatment needs of child abuse victims will increase as well.
To register for the on line Auction which includes amazing bucket list trips visit: https://cars4kids2.amfundvip.org/ or for more information about the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard, visit www.cacbrevard.org .
The Friends of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is to increase awareness of the issues of child abuse and neglect in our community, and to raise funding to support the mission of the CACB and its programs and services for abused children. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard was established in 1996 and is a program of the Space Coast Health Foundation.
The CACB is a multi-agency collaboration of the Child Protection Team, the Florida Department of Children and Families, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and municipal law enforcement agencies, and The Office of the State Attorney. These core partners of the CACB work together to intervene in the most severe cases of child abuse, including all child sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect in Brevard County.