The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

February 23, 2013

Dance to benefit Blankets & Bears organization

Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Tickets are still available for the fourth annual benefit “Spring Bling Dinner & Dance” for the Anderson County Blankets and Bears Children’s Fund.

The dance will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Ben E. Keith Community Room, 2019 W. Oak St. in Palestine.

The Elektratones will provide the musical entertainment and the caterer will be chef Ken Owens. Dress is cocktail attire.

The mission of the Blankets and Bears Fund is to provide comfort and security to children during turbulent times in their lives in the form of blankets and teddy bears.

Tickets are $40 for individuals and $75 for couples. Tables for eight are $500. Limited seating is available.

Tickets can be purchased from Texas First Title Co., 601 E. Lacy St., 903-723-5393 (Lisa Frye), or East Texas National Bank Trust Dept., 207 W. Spring St., 903-729-6048 (Danice Brumley). Credit cards are accepted.

Donations of new blankets, bears and stuffed animals will be accepted at the following locations: East Texas National Bank Trust Dept., 207 W. Spring St.; Jamie’s Therapeutic Touch, 1730 Crockett Rd.; KYYK/KNET/YourEastTexas.com, 800 W. Palestine Ave.; Palestine Herald-Press, 519 N. Elm St.; Red Hat Rentals, 3210 W. Oak St. and Texas 1st Title Co., 601 E. Lacy St.,

Donations of the new blankets, bears and stuffed animal also will be accepted at the event.

Event sponsors include: Jacque Johnston, broker/realtor, Sussdorf Real Estate; Ben E. Keith; Red Hat Rentals; Pumping Services Inc.; Palestine Herald-Press; Walmart Distribution No. 6005; Walmart Distribution No. 6036; KYYK/KNET/YourEastTexas.com; Palestine Regional Medical Center.

Sponsorship donation spots are available in the following levels: Platinum Sponsor, donations of $500 or more; Gold Sponsor, donation of $350 to $499; Silver Sponsor, donation of $200 to $349; Bronze Sponsor, donation of $100 to $199; Friendship Sponsor, donation of $100; Bear Sponsor, donation of $25 to $99.



Accomplishments

The Blankets and Bears Children’s Fund has accomplished many things since its inception in 2009.

Blankets and bears have been distributed to the following locations: Palestine Regional Medical Center, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Palestine Police Department, Palestine EMS, Palestine Fire Department, District Attorney’s Office, Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Northside Primary School.

The organization also has hosted a program featuring nationally known speaker and author Jon Holsten, who wrote “The Swimsuit Lesson.” The book helps parents and guardians talk to their young children and grandchildren about privacy, modesty and those who might do them harm. In the fall of 2012, the “Swimsuit Lesson” books were distributed to Northside Primary School classrooms.



Child Abuse Facts

Here are some staggering child abuse facts from the Child Advocacy Center of Texas

• Of the 40,000 child abuse victims in Texas last year, 26 percent were not old enough to attend kindergarten.

• 33 percent of the child abuse victims were male and 67 percent were female

• Four children die every day in the United States from abuse.

• 13,700 children are abused and/or neglected every day