On Sept. 13, Iredell nonprofit SCAN – Stop Child Abuse Now! – will host its third annual Save the Last Dance for SCAN benefit. The event will be an evening of dancing with hors d’oeuvres provided by local businesses and SCAN employees, a cash bar and a silent auction. The auction will include a recliner from Taylor Furniture, a year’s membership to Benchwarmers Sports Complex, sports equipment, tickets to Discovery Place, jewelry, art, and gift certificates from local businesses.The idea of raising funds with a dance came three years ago when SCAN, like many other nonprofits, was faced with finding funding in a tough economy. It grew from SCAN’s Parent Aide Program Director Laurie Trusuk’s memories of her parents’ love of dancing.“Around here, summer at the beach, the shag, and the coming of school just seemed to suggest a dance,” said SCAN Executive Director Amy Eisele.Funds raised will be used for SCAN program operational costs. “Often grants will fund a particular program … (but) seldom do they help with operations,” said Eisele.SCAN’s child-abuse prevention programs include an array of education and community support in Iredell County. In 2012, Eisele said the county’s Department of Social Services accepted 1,145 reports of abuse or neglect, 823 of which were in the Mooresville area.SCAN programs include parenting classes, support groups, home visits by parent aides trained to help educate struggling parents, training for organizations that work with children on recognizing abuse, and supervised visitation services. “We always enjoy telling people about SCAN because we see people change and grow,” said Eisele. “When we teach and support the learning, our families, as a whole, leave the cycle of abuse not just for this generation, but for generations to come. Being a part of that is not only a joy, but an honor. What more can one ask for!”In 2012, SCAN’s Parent Aide program served 42 families with a total of 94 children. SCAN was one of the North Carolina centers to help research the parent-aide model, helping it achieve an evidence-based status. SCAN follows up a year after Parent Aide cases are closed. Last year 88 percent of the cases did not show further evidence of abuse or neglect a year later. The nonprofit also provided 121 people with formal parenting classes, a figure that does not include the parenting education offered at local shelter My Sister’s House, a women’s prison, or on a one-on-one basis.SCAN recently began offering a support group for grandparents and others who are raising their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or other relatives. The group meets at Troutman United Methodist Church.SCAN has been involved in the community in other ways recently, as well. The Mooresville Artists Guild partnered with SCAN to host the 146th American Watercolor Society travel exhibit at the Depot in Mooresville in May and June. SCAN’s “Paint the Town Blue” helped raise funds by placing blue cans to collect money for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April around Mooresville and Statesville, with the help of Exchange Club members, SCAN board members and Statesville High School Beta Club.Kohl’s Cares volunteers from the Mooresville Kohl’s store also served SCAN this summer by cleaning the SCAN offices.In previous years, SCAN’s dance benefit was in Mooresville. This year it will be at the Grace Event Center in Statesville. Music will be provided by Mooresville’s Danny Harris.Save the Last Dance for SCAN sponsors include Germain Ford, Shurtape, and America’s Home Place.
Friday, Aug. 23, 2013
‘Save the Last Dance’ to prevent child abuse
Want to go? Want to help? For tickets to Save the Last Dance for SCAN, or information about SCAN’s programs and volunteering opportunities, visit www.iredellscan.org or call 704-873-9672.
Marjorie Dana is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marjorie? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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