Fundraiser Planned for Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center

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By Amy Fox
By Randy Livingston

PINCKNEYVILLE -- Many local non-profits rely on help from the state, but because of Illinois' budget problems, that funding's not so reliable. So, groups are forced to turn to the community for help.    

"This event is a 90's themed trivia night," said Betti Mucha, executive director of the Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center. "Most of the people that come don't know our clients personally, and that's okay. But, they do know what we do does benefit the children in their community and that's kind of all that matters."

The center has been helping physically and sexually abused children under the age of 18 since 2002.

"We provide the forensic interview, and then we coordinate all the services that are after that, which an advocate would take them to counseling or take them for the court preparation or their medical exam or anything that they need, she kind of supports them in that," explained Mucha.

Each year, the Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center helps 90 to 100 children. But even with help from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and other government funding, there's still a need for financial assistance.

Mucha said, "It really only covers administrative kind of things, like salary and our insurance and stuff. So to keep the doors open, we have to fundraise."

The 90's Trivia Night fundraiser will be held Saturday, July 12 at the Campbell Hill Community Center in Jackson County.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. 

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