Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Midnight In Paris Annual Charity Auction

It was Midnight in Paris at the Best Western Coeur d'Alene Inn on April 9 for the annual charity auction/banquet benefitting Children's Village and the children living there.

Over 160 people attended, bid on silent and live auction items, and enjoyed a wonderful meal and inspirational speakers.  The crowd was introduced to a young lady who spent much of her youth at Children's Village and heard the story of how she has come back as an adult and is now working at the Village.  This first hand example of how important Children's Village is touched every person in attendance.

Employee Sandy Lassen was noted for her 10 years at the Village as well as CV Foundation Board Member Jim Riley's 5 years of volunteering.  Children's Village also presented Dick and Shirlee Wandrocke “The Golden Heart Award” for their service to community and especially for their years of service to Children’s Village.  

In light of the economic times, the Village was most grateful for the donations and funds raised.  They raised funds via their annual Pledge Program where donors pledge amounts of $10, $25, $50, $100, all the way up to $1000 a month.  This has been very beneficial and allows the agency to have an idea of monthly donations in the planning process.  Marla’s Gems participated with a special sale that culminated with a huge basket of Gems going to  Jan Wheeler!

A final tally has not been made at the time of writing but the event was deemed a success and Children's Village thanks everyone who participated in this important fund raiser.

Children's Village is available 24/7 to help children in crisis or in danger and also assists parents in need of help trying to find resources.  CV helps all children birth to eighteen and has the only Crisis Nursery accepting infants and toddlers in harms way at no charge to the family.  The Village also has an accredited special needs school, CV Academy, for all grades.   

Anyone wishing to help or learn more may check out the web site at or call 208-667-1189.  

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