The Child Center, Inc. honored their 2018 One with Courage Award winners at their annual black-tie One with Courage Gala held on April 28, 2018, at the Christy Banquet Center in O’Fallon, MO.

“We are so grateful to have such compassionate and dedicated champions for our agency,” Sissy Swift, Executive Director, “Awardees are chosen based on their commitment to our mission and the contribution of time, talent, and treasure. Each awardee has gone above and beyond to help end child abuse.”

Daniel Mudd & Lisa Valenti were honored as the Supporter of the Year. Dan Mudd, CPA, is a partner at Anders CPA’s + Advisors and joined the Board of Directors for The Child Center, Inc. in October 2013. He served a term as Secretary and is currently in his second year as Treasurer. While on the Board, he has been instrumental in assisting donors with leveraging their gifts using tax credits and has brought numerous new donors to the agency. Lisa Valenti has become a gentle force for The Child Center, Inc. working alongside Dan attending events, inviting guests and spreading the word about the work of the agency, and personally providing resources for the important work of the agency. She is the Senior Area Business Manager at Genzyme, and has maximized her giving using the company’s matching gift program.

Dan and Lisa have opened their home for the annual staff day away, sponsor the “Gobble Wobble”, a Thanksgiving morning fundraiser of which the agency has been a recipient, and share generously of their time, talent, and treasure in support of the agency’s mission to provide healing, help, and hope to children who have experienced abuse.

Amy Hawkins was honored as the Volunteer of the Year. Amy began volunteering in 2017 because one of her school courses required volunteer hours. Her first experience was helping prepare auction items for the annual gala. As she volunteered, she asked questions and got to know many people in the room and more about TCC.

Amy said she had never realized the importance of volunteering until doing so with TCC.  It really does take a village to raise a child and that village needs even more people when caring for abused and neglected children. Knowing that every single task – no matter how big or small – plays a role in that child’s overall well-being ensures a better future for the child, each person, and the entire village.

Amy is a wife, and mom to three beautiful and talented adult children. She is a full-time UMSL social work student and full-time business owner. In her free time, she supports roadie-life attending her musically gifted husband’s band gigs, does CrossFit, runs, advocates for healthy marriages and families through their Better Now Project and best yet, as an intern, she gets to work with TCC and better every one of these roles even more so!

Finally, The Child Center, Inc. was pleased to recognize the Funder of the Year, Children’s Trust Fund. The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention. CTF was created by the Missouri General Assembly in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to prevent and/or alleviate child abuse and neglect. CTF mission is “preventing child abuse and neglect and strengthening Missouri’s families”, and they envision children and families in a safe, nurturing and healthy environment, free from child abuse and neglect.

CTF began providing financial resources to The Child Center, Inc. in 2006. Since 2013, they have provided funding in support of the agency’s prevention education program, specifically in Warren County, and Hannibal and the surrounding areas. This has allowed the agency to provide prevention education programs in the more rural areas of the State where funding can be scarce, yet the need for programming great.

Since CTF began providing funding to the agency, more than $220,000 has been secured.  Without the support of the CTF, the agency may not have been able to provide this vital training to reach so many school-age children and empower them to keep themselves safe.

The Child Center, Inc. a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. The Child Center, Inc. is committed to responding to child abuse through a supportive team approach to reduce the trauma to children & their families. Healing ~ Helping ~ Hope