June 6, 2013-LAWRENCE, N.J. – More than 135 people attended the Annual PEI Kids’ Dinner and Auction, which benefits the PEI Kids’ nonprofit in Lawrence.
The “Crystal Ball: Foreseeing Bright Futures for Children” dinner and auction was held at the Stone Terrace in Hamilton, June 2nd. The annual fundraiser helped raise more than $47,000. Funds raised from the Dinner Auction will go directly to PEI Kids’ Children and Youth Prevention Education Programs and Intervention Services that include Child Assault Prevention, Kids on the Block and the Enough Abuse Campaign.
“These fundraisers provides a critical source of funding for our programs and services that help the children and families in Mercer County,” said Penny Ettinger, executive director of PEI Kids.
Attendees bid on more than 100 items donated by local businesses and sports memorabilia from the Phillies, NY Jets, NJ Devils and Philadelphia 76’s. As part of the program, PNC Bank was honored with the 2013 Community Partner Award.
The event, which has been held annually for the past 22 years, attracted numerous corporate sponsors, including the following sponsorship levels: Sparkling sponsors: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Hill Wallack Attorneys at Law, NJM Insurance Group, PNC Bank, Tuchman Foundation and Ventura Wealth Management; Shimmering sponsors: Roma Bank, Capital Health, Phoenix Advisors, LLC., and Brilliant sponsors: Hopewell Township PBA, Quakerbridge Radiology and REDEYE.
About PEI Kids
PEI Kids’ aspiration for the children of Mercer County, NJ, is “Safe Kids, Sound Futures.” Currently serving approximately 16,000 children and their families each year, the nonprofit organization began in 1985 when, while working at a rape crisis center, its founders discovered there were no local services tailored for children who had been sexually abused. For the past 29 years, its mission has been dedicated to promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children. Its services have expanded to include engaging, developmentally appropriate and culturally diverse Prevention/Education and Intervention programs relating to personal safety; physical and sexual abuse; understanding physical and educational differences; school safety and bullying; anger management; gang prevention; and the overall well-being of the child and family.
PEI Kids also serves as the lead agency of the Greater Mercer Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, comprising representatives from all 13 Mercer municipalities and cross disciplines including the medical community, child welfare, adult survivors of sexual abuse, law enforcement, religion and education. To learn more about PEI Kids’ many programs and services for Mercer County children and families, and how you can support its efforts, please call (609) 695-3739 or visit www.peikids.org. All calls regarding possible abuse are confidential.