at Fort Collins Country Club benefiting ChildSafe at 6.00 p.m.
Formed in 1986, ChildSafe is a Fort Collins based community organization which works with victims of child sexual abuse and their families. ChildSafe therapists provide individual and group therapy for victims, both children and adults who were abused as children, and their non-offending family members.
Supporters of ChildSafe gathered at the Fort Collins Country Club for dinner and an art auction last Friday evening.
Emcee Scott Beasley welcomed the crowd and introduced members of the ChildSafe staff. Valerie Macri-Lind, MS, LMFT spoke to the crowd about ChildSafe services.
During the dinner Senator John Kefalas introduced his friend Tom Wilberton, who had most of the audience members in tears as he discussed the sexual abuse of his daughter by his brother. His family members blamed Tom’s three-year-old daughter and cut Tom’s family off from other family members. Despite therapy, Tom’s daughter committed suicide and devastated Tom, his wife and children.
Hence the efforts of ChildSafe. Artists throughout the Fort Collins area donated art in a variety of media and guests bid for both silent auction and live auction items. Auctioneer Jeff Sweeney warmed up the guests with a paddle raiser and then engaged them in a lively live auction.
For further information about ChildSafe, please check out their website at http://www.childsafecolorado.org
Victoria Grissom, left, Kathi Dougherty
Front row left, Carol Ann Hixon, Ann Wilmsen, Deborah Booker, Jane Sullivan, Back Row, left, Gary Hixon, Carl Wilmsen, Bob Coonts
The crowd mingles
Corynne Hilbert with Tom Wilberton and Senator John Kefalas
Christie Rumer, left, and Dawn Marsh
Mark Bradley, Jane Bradley, Cindy Stansfield and Ann Lubenow
Patricia Hartley, left, with Barb Etherton, Sara Harville and Michael Harville
Scott Beasley with Charity Vermeer-Corneison and Lindsay Gagner
Cynthia Tate with Fr. Bob Admundsen
Mike Lindsay, left, Suzanne Rose and Scott Rose
Kristin Beasley and Steve Stansfield
Valerie Macri-Lind, left, Saja Hindi and Aaron Massey
Cindy and Jose Santana, left, Gayle and Steve Schink
Bruce Heckel, left, Patt Hall and Jack Coman
Children’s art table
Silent auction items
Guests enjoy dinner
Live auction items
Erin Thomas, left, Sue Allen
Fort Collins Country Club
Guests enjoy dinner
Going for the pie…
Jeff Sweeney, left and Tom Wilberton
Beverly and Tom Bacon, left, with Kelli Lackett
Janis Goldblatt, left, Molly Secher
Ellen Lindsay and Scott Beasley
A beautiful view of the country club
Scott Beasley talks to the crowd
Jeff Sweeney takes bids on the pie
Helen Gray, left, Jackie Compton, Barb Etherton, Charity Vermeer-Cornelison, Craig Secher, Molly Secher, Jennifer Varner, Ellen Lindsay and Bruce Hecke
Levon Brown, left, Ginny Gordon, Jennifer Varner, Hayley Haneman, Kristen Danekind, Neil Danekind, Molly Secher and Craig Secher
The Secher family
Helen Gray, board president
Craig Secher speaks to the crowd
Valeri Macri-Lind, clinical dIrector
Senator John Kefalas
Tom Wilberton talks about the suicide of his daughter
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Board of Directors:
President: Helen Gray; Vice President: Erica Brown; Treasurer: Dawn Marsh; Secretary: Wanda Zimmerman