Miller Foundation

Trustees from the MW and Fair Miller Foundation recently presented a check for $20,000 to the Fannin County Children’s Center.  Pictured from left are Dr. Dana Sisk, Sandy Barber, Dr. Jerry Hopson and Tyler Todd.

Trustees from the MW and Fair Miller Foundation recently presented a check for $20,000 to the Fannin County Children’s Center. Pictured from left are Dr. Dana Sisk, Sandy Barber, Dr. Jerry Hopson and Tyler Todd.

Trustees with the M.W. and Fair Miller Foundation have been personally delivering generous grants to many local non-profit organizations in Fannin County in the recent weeks. One generous gift was for $20,000 to the Fannin County Children’s Center.

“We are honored to be awarded such a generous grant again,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “This gift will help provide advocacy, counseling, forensic interviews and many other support services to help children find safety and begin healing from abuse and neglect.”

The M.W. and Fair Miller Foundation was incorporated in 1988 and organized for the betterment and care of the children in Fannin County. Currently serving on the Board of Trustees are Tyler Todd, Dr. Dana Sisk and Dr. Jerry Hopson.

The Fannin County Children’s Center is a nonprofit agency that has been serving abused and neglected children for more than 25 years. Programs include CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center and child abuse prevention. The number of children served by CASA has doubled in the past two years. In the fiscal year ending August 31, 2018, CASA served 131 children. The Children’s Advocacy Center received 266 referrals in that same reporting period, which was more than double the number of referrals in the previous year. The next CASA volunteer training class, as well as the next prevention classes are scheduled for January.

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4H Kids Helping Kids

Kate Kinkade recently organized a drive to collect blankets and bears as a 4H project.  The items collected were donated to the Fannin County Children’s Center.  “We appreciate all gifts given to us, but there is always something extra special about donations that involve kids helping kids,” said Sandy Barber with the Children’s Center. “These teddy bears and blankets will provide warmth and comfort to children from hard places.” For more about 4H in Fannin County, go to https://agrilife.org/fannin4h/

4H 2018

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Toyo Tire and Warrior Tire Building the Dream

Tires 2018Fannin County Children’s Center Vice-President and owner of Warrior Tire Steve Collida (right) and Children’s Center Executive Director Sandy Barber (Center) enjoyed a recent visit with Jerry Granito with Toyo Tires (left.) Toyo Tires and Warrior Tire teamed up to provide gifts of $1,500 each to make a grand total of $3,000 in matching funds for the Children’s Center for North Texas Giving Day.  In all, the Children’s Center raised nearly $10,000 for their future building fund in this one-day fundraising effort. These funds will be used to purchase land and/or build a newer, larger facility.

More about Building the Dream of a new facility.

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Christmas Drive

 

The annual Christmas drive at the Fannin County Children’s Center is already going full steam ahead. Staff and volunteers have been gathering lists of wishes and needs of the children, youth and families served by both CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center. Faithful donors and supporters have already started contacting the center too in order to find out how they can be a part of the effort. Teddy bear trees are already up at many locations in the community to make sure the Christmas wishes and needs get filled.

Last year, the Children’s Center gave presents of clothing, coats, shoes, toys and other gifts to 262 children and youth who were being served by the Children’s Center’s two primary programs: CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center. “This year we already know of at least 235 children in need,” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “We expect this number to grow before we are all done this holiday.”

Some of the children helped by this project are living in foster homes, away from family and friends. Other children have gone to live with grandparents or other relatives as a result of abuse or neglect. Many of these families struggle financially when one or more children suddenly come to live with them. In other families, the discovery of sexual abuse in the home has meant the loss of family income when the offender leaves.

Center staff and volunteers take the time to find out about the individual situation, needs, preferences and wishes of each child. The agency also works closely with Child Protective Services and other community agencies to ensure that efforts are coordinated and not duplicated.

Donations of cash, toys, new clothes, coats, shoes and other items are now being accepted. Teddy bear trees, which contain the wish or need of a specific child, are up or will soon be up at the Tax-Assessor Collector’s Office, First National Bank of Trenton (Bonham, Trenton and Leonard branches), WalMart, Legend Bank, Blessings and Butterflies, Cole Title, Bonham Smiles, Tractor Supply and Warrior Tire. For donors who are short on time, the center also accepts cash donations which will be used to purchase gifts for the children.

Donations can be brought or mailed to the center at 112 West Fifth Street, Bonham, Texas 75418. The center is open 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Organizers ask that the donations arrive by Dec 14, or earlier if possible. This will allow time for gifts to be sorted and delivered in time for the holidays. Checks should be made out to FCCC and indicate they are for Christmas. Donations can also be made by credit or debit card on the center’s website. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information, call 903-583-4339 or visit www.fanninccc.org.
Wish Lists
For Christmas gifts for kids

  • Toys for children under 3
  • Gift cards and other gifts for teenagers
  • Movies & music (rated G & PG only please)
  • Craft kits, markers, coloring books, etc.
  • Board games and books
  • Footballs, basketballs, soccer balls
  • Perfume, cologne, bath sets & make-up sets
  • Jewelry & watches
  • Purses, wallets, make-up bags & backpacks
  • Gift cards for clothing and discount stores
  • New clothing, coats & shoes for children ages 0-17
  • Wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper and tape

For the Children’s Center

  • Individually wrapped snacks, bottled water & juice boxes
  • Clorox wipes
  • Copy paper, legal pads, office supplies
  • Paper towels, plates, napkins, cups, plastic forks, etc
  • Journals, coloring books for teens, paints, markers, play-doh & other craft materials for therapy sessions
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Great Gatsby! Great Night!

servers 2018

Justice Is Served – Honorable servers who served up dinner for guests at the Justice Is Served fundraiser for the Fannin County Children’s Center included (front row, from left)  Fannin County Clerk Tammy Biggars, Adult Probation Chief Debra Roberts, 336th District Judge Lauri Blake, Fannin County District Clerk Nancy Young, Whitewright ISD Police Chief Judy Sims, (back row, from left) Juvenile Probation Chief Brandon Caffee, Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter, Justice of the Peace, Pct 2 Bob Clemons, Texas State Senator Bob Hall, Trenton Police Chief William Robertson, Honey Grove Police Chief Leigh Dixon, Justice of the Peace, Pct 3 Kenneth Karl, County Court at Law Judge Charles Butler, Fannin County Criminal District Attorney Richard Glaser and Fannin County Sheriff Mark Johnson.

Early estimates are that the 14th Annual “Justice Is Served” fundraiser raised at least $65,000 for the Fannin County Children’s Center. This amount tops the previous best of $55,000 from last year. In addition, attendance was the largest ever, with nearly 500 in attendance at the dinner and auction at the Complex in Bonham.

This year’s theme was The Great Gatsby. Many guests were wearing flapper dresses, pearl necklaces, feathered headbands, fedora hats and bow ties. State Senator Bob Hall, District Judge Lauri Blake, Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter, Fannin County Sheriff Mark Johnson and several local officials of the justice system served up dinner guests. The James Dering band played jazz music while guests bid on around 200 items in the silent auction.

Fannin County Game Warden Randolph McGee was the auctioneer for the evening. Judge Lauri Blake’s turtle brownies were the first item up for bid in the live auction and brought in $1050. A custom built entry way gate from Jason Garner Welding tied for the top bid in the live auction, bringing in $2,600 for the nonprofit. A one-of-a-kind bar with headlights that worked that was created by Tracey Lackey, Shawn Fulton, Jim McDonald and Brenda Magness also brought in $2,600.

“This year’s event was amazing!” said Sandy Barber, Executive Director of the Children’s Center. “Once again, the Fannin County community turned out in force this year. It is always inspiring and encouraging to see so much wonderful support for the children we serve. We are so grateful to everyone who played a part in making this event so successful, including our sponsors, auction donors, board, volunteers and staff. The money raised will help us keep up with the growing demand for our services.”

All proceeds from the event will sustain all of the support services provided by the Children’s Center for abused and neglected children, including CASA and the Children’s Advocacy Center.

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Justice Is Served (Live Auction!)

Time is running out to get tickets and tables for the 14th annual “Justice Is Served” to benefit the Fannin County Children’s Center. November 5 is the last day to get early bird pricing of $35 each for individual, open seating tickets. On November 6, the price will go up to $40 per ticket. Reserved seating for two, four, eight or sixteen people is also still available. Deadline to guarantee inclusion in the printed program for sponsors and auction donors is October 31.

Doors to the Multi-Purpose Complex in Bonham will open at 6:00 pm on Saturday, Nov 10. A buffet dinner prepared by Feast on This will be served up by local judges, police chiefs, prosecutors, lawmakers and other justice officials. Guests will enjoy sampling sweet treats from a decadent dessert bar which will feature cupcakes from Cake Lane, sugar cookies from Robin Loreth and gourmet popcorn from Pop Around the Corner.

A preview list of silent and live auction items is posted on the Children’s Center’s website. Live auction items include a one-of-a-kind bar and bar stools created by Tracey Lackey, Shawn Fulton and Brenda Magness, an antique secretary with hutch from Another Time Antiques and Collectibles, a framed Texas Flag from Senator Bob Hall and Judge Lauri Blake’s famous turtle brownies. Outdoorsmen and women may be interested in a one hour hog shoot from a helicopter for two people from Skyhunter Outfitters or a guided fishing trip for three donated by Jason’s Towing and Diesel Repair or a deer feeder donated by Mickey and Sophia Dyson. Children’s Center volunteer Tyler Knight has donated a pair of tickets to see Aaron Watson in concert and go back stage for a meet and greet. Other live auction items include a private wine tasting class for 14-20 people at Total Wine and a Slam Dunk Birthday Party Package for up to 10 guests from Dave & Buster’s in Frisco.

This year’s event theme is The Great Gatsby. Organizers are planning a fun and elegant, 1920’s style evening with live jazz music by the James Dearing band. Guests are encouraged to dress up for this event and even wear 1920’s style clothing.

Proceeds from the event will help sustain a wide variety of programs and services for children, including CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center and child abuse prevention.

Platinum sponsors of the event are Kwik Chek, McCraw Oil, Cole Title Company and Jason Garner Custom Welding.

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Justice Is Served

Tickets and tables are on sale now for the 14th annual “Justice Is Served” to benefit the Fannin County Children’s Center. This year’s theme is The Great Gatsby. Organizers are planning a fun and elegant, 1920’s style evening with live jazz music by the James Dearing band. Guests are encouraged to dress up for this event and even wear 1920’s style clothing. Many of the center’s staff have been busy shopping for sparkly flapper dresses and long pearl necklaces.

Proceeds from the dinner and auction will benefit the local nonprofit agency, which includes CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center and child abuse prevention programs. Doors to the Multi-Purpose Complex in Bonham will open at 6:00 pm on Saturday, Nov 10.

A buffet dinner prepared by Feast on This will be served up by local judges, police chiefs, prosecutors, lawmakers and other justice officials. Guests will enjoy sampling sweet treats from a decadent dessert bar and bidding on numerous items in the silent and live auctions. A preview list of auction items will soon be posted on the center’s website.

Proceeds from the event will help sustain a wide variety of programs and services for children. CASA provides children in foster care a caring, concerned, trained volunteer to advocate for them. The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a safe, child-friendly location to go to when abuse is suspected. The CAC provides forensic interviews, counseling, information, referrals and other support services to aid the healing process, including a facility dog named Render.

Platinum sponsors of the event are Kwik Chek, McCraw Oil, Cole Title Company and Jason Garner Custom Welding. Early bird pricing for individual, open seating tickets is $35 by Nov. 5. Tickets will cost $40 after Nov. 5 and at the door. Sponsorships with reserved seating are also still available. Deadline to be in the printed program is Oct. 31.

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TMC Volunteers Donate

TMC Denison SDFI camera 2018Texoma Medical Center Volunteers recently donated $23,500 to the Fannin County Children’s Center. This generous gift, combined with a generous gift from the TMC Bonham Hospital Volunteers will allow the Children’s Center to purchase a very special camera and computer system that can be used in cases of physical and sexual abuse, as well as domestic violence.

Initially, this camera will be used by investigators with CPS and law enforcement in Fannin County to document bruises and other physical injuries. In the future, the Children’s Center plans to build a new facility and include a medical exam room for non-emergency sexual assault exams. The special camera and system can be used in those exams too. The donations will also cover the costs for training for investigators and on-going technical support.

Currently, victims in Fannin County must travel to neighboring counties for specialized medical exams for physical and sexual assaults. “This wonderful gift will help us take a huge step forward in helping victims get this needed service closer to home,” said Sandy Barber with the Children’s Center. “It will also help our investigators be more efficient in their investigations. We are very grateful to the volunteers at both TMC in Denison and Bonham for joining forces to make this happen.”

TMC Bonham SDFI camera 2018

 

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Children’s Center Volunteers Honored

Michelle Hoops

Michelle Hoops

The Fannin County Children’s Center recently held a banquet at First Baptist in Bonham to honor all the volunteers who contribute their time and talents to the local nonprofit organization who serves abused and neglected children.

Michelle Hoops and Phyllis Kinnaird took home the top honors for the CASA program as they were named CASA Volunteers of the Year. Each woman has devoted many hours and driven many miles to visit children in foster care and speak up for them in court and other settings. Both have worked cases that were not easy. Their perseverance has made a difference for their CASA kids.

Tony Winkler earned the honor for the Children’s Center Volunteer of the Year for all his efforts helping around the center. Volunteer Coordinator Andrea Lappin sang his praises for all the ways he helps around the center, including organizing the Rainbow Room, giving away school supplies and many other tasks around the office.

Phyllis Kinnaird

Phyllis Kinnaird

Marta Schreiber was given the CASA Super Star Award for her 19 years of dedicated service as a CASA advocate for children in foster care. Mike Nejtek was awarded the Team Player award for his efforts to pull together all the parties involved in the life of his CASA child to make things start happening for his child. Ray McGovern and Jarrett Tucker both won the CASA Rookie of the Year awards because they have both done excellent work in their first year of becoming CASA advocates.

Kimberly Coffey won the Rainbow Room Volunteer of the Year award for her faithful efforts to come each week to organize and straighten up the clothing, shoes, diapers and other items in the Rainbow Room. Cassidy Barber was given the School Supply Drive Volunteer of the Year award for the many hours she cheerfully gives each year to shopping, organizing and preparing bags for the annual school supply drive. Richard Mattison was honored with the “Get the Job Done” award for all the tasks he completes around the center on a regular basis, including lawn care, changing light bulbs and air filters, cooking meals and more.

Tony Winkler FCCC Vol of YearAll volunteers and board members were recognized and thanked for their service after enjoying a meal catered by The Breakfast Stop. Newly elected board president Brenda Magness welcomed everyone and thanked the volunteers for their service. 336th District Judge Lauri Blake expressed her appreciation for all that CASA volunteers do for the children in foster care. For more information about volunteer opportunities at the Children’s Center, click here 

For more photos, check out our Facebook page photo album.

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North Texas Giving Day a Huge Success in Fannin County!

Nearly $25,000 was raised in one day for nine nonprofits in Fannin County on North Texas Giving Day. This year marked the tenth year of this community wide fundraising event hosted by Communities Foundation of Texas. It was the first year for the event to include Fannin County, Grayson County and a few other counties surrounding Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

In all, nearly 2,700 nonprofits participated in North Texas Giving Day on September 20, 2018. A grand total of more than $48 million was raised, which was $9 million more than last year. In Fannin County alone, 144 donations to 9 organizations totaled up to $24,414.
The nine nonprofits in Fannin County who participated included Bonham Education Foundation, Bonham High School Band Boosters, Chi Lambda, Fannin County Children’s Center, Fannin Health Clinic, Fannin Pregnancy Care Center, Morning Star Academy, SMAS Patient Assistance and The Isaiah’s Closet.

The Children’s Center raised an amazing $9,366.  These funds will be designated to go to a future building fund.  As the demands for the services provided at the center have increased dramatically, the number of people working and volunteering at the center have increased.  A new, larger space is needed to have room for all of the services and programs offered by the center, as well as space for partner representatives from CPS, law enforcement, prosecution and medical professionals.

North Texas Giving Day is powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, a 65-year-old community foundation that has presented North Texas Giving Day since 2009. The foundation professionally manages more than 1,000 charitable funds for families, companies, foundations and nonprofits and has awarded more than $1.8 billion in grants since its founding in 1953.

North Texas Giving Day is a community-wide celebration and an event that lifts up giving by engaging the entire community to support local nonprofits, celebrating their important role in strengthening the region. It is also an efficient way for charitable organizations to raise funding for critical services to support North Texans. For more about North Texas Giving Day, go to www.northtexasgivingday.org.

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