Did you know FIVE children die every day from child abuse and neglect? About 25% of your child’s elementary school class die daily. More than 70% of these children were two years of age or younger.1
I could go on with more horrifying stats, but hopefully, you know child abuse is a serious problem. You may even know abused children or suffered abuse yourself. Children are being abused daily across America and the world. One local organization decided to stand up for the innocent children by promoting child abuse prevention through Child Abuse Prevention Centers. The Milledgeville Exchange Club held their third annual Bunco Bash to “Put Child Abuse Out To Sea!” on July 28, 2018.
Milledgeville Exchange Club Bunco Bash 2018
While this event was extremely fun to attend, our hearts hurt to know why we were there. Milledgeville Exchange Club did an excellent job putting together this event, and raised a little over $6400 to prevent child abuse!
Elaina and I heard about the event a few days before and was glad we could be a part of helping others while meeting the great people of this community. Last November I moved here, and I am still meeting people in town. Since I work from home, I thoroughly enjoyed a night of fun while meeting new people and connecting with others I knew.
We have many worthy organizations to support it can be overwhelming to know which one to support. I say support the ones you care the most about.
Charles Berkey of Detroit, MI created the National Exchange Club in March 1911 as a way “to exchange ideas and information with like-minded individuals about how to better serve their communities.” The Exchange Club works to bring child abuse to the front lines and support family healing. They desire to educate parents on how to prevent child abuse and aware others on how to recognize child abuse.
The Exchange Club is deeply devoted to supporting America and American values by sponsoring “activities under the organization’s Programs of Service – Americanism, Youth Programs and Community Service – as well as its National Project, the prevention of child abuse. Each year, communities benefit from the promotion of pride in our great country, college scholarships, youth mentoring, service to the underprivileged, and other services tailored to serve the needs of its citizens.”2
Hazel Hendrix of Statesboro, Ga, the current Georgia District President of the National Exchange Club, attended the Bunco Bash, and shared a few words of about The Exchange Club as well as commending the Milledgeville Exchange Club doing great work in our area. She has been a member for 24 years and is passionate about bringing healing to families by preventing child abuse.
Tori Allen, current President of the Milledgeville Exchange Club (MEC), is currently working with Jeff Wells, the President-elect for next year. Tori and Jeff love helping make a difference with Milledgeville Exchange Club by making the community aware of the different types of abuse. Abuse is not merely physical. It is mental, verbal, sexual, and neglect of children.
Tori was inspired to join the MEC to help as many children as possible. Jeff sought out a way to be more involved in the community. After visiting with a few different organizations, the MEC felt like the best fit for him.
Have you ever played Bunco? Bunco is a fun, fast-paced, and easy game to play! If you can roll dice and count, you can play! We had women of all ages attend. While playing, you have the opportunity to socialize with the other people at your tables.
The many business sponsors of the Bunco Bash generously gave gifts for door prizes in between rounds of the game. As well as, you could enter a drawing to win cash!
Thank You to the many businesses who generously
gave to help raise money!
Beach Bunco Bash Sponsor:
Coldwell Banker SSK, Realtors
Captain’s Table & Venue Sponsors:
Craig – Massee and Terry Shubert Construction
Official Deck Sponsor:
Exchange Bank, Fairway ~Indpendent Mortgage Company, Wilkinson County Bank LPO, Magnolia State Bank, and Century Bank & Trust
Baxley Electric Company, Lake Country 94.7, 102.3, 103.9, & 97, The Vaughn/Dyer Wealth Managment Group, Stribling Law Firm, P.C., Green Acres ~ Health & Rehabilitation, Southside Tire & Brake, Battery Warehouse, Georgia Military College (GMC), Central Insurance Group, Williams Funeral Home & Crematory, Jim Fain with ReMax United Alliance, Child and Family Guidance, Mike Weaver, Cheryl M. Williams ~Certified Public Accountant, Chambers Oil Company, Inc., Lake Country Gymnastics, Karen Rowell ~State Farm Insurance, Childre Nissan, EC Inc., and G&E Dock and Seawall Corp.
Mark your calendar to attend next summer! You do not want to miss out on this fun event for a significant cause.
Join The Milledgeville Exchange Club
If you are interested in joining the Milledgeville Exchange Club, attend a meeting to learn more at Aubri Lane’s at the Club at Lake Sinclair on Wednesday at 12 pm weekly, or feel free to message MEC on Facebook.