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Front Page - Friday, February 16, 2024

Inns of Court donates auction proceeds to Children’s Advocacy Center

Members of the Chattanooga chapter of the Americans Inns of Court present a donation check to the Children’s Advocacy Center. Pictured are IOC board member Crystle Carrion, IOC board member Eliza Williams, CAC Director of External Affairs Lisa Moore, CAC Donor Relations and Events Coordinator Hannah Gunter, IOC President Michael Alston and IOC Secretary Magistrate Ron Powers. - Photograph provided

The Chattanooga Chapter of the American Inns of Court raised $21,437 during a charity auction in December to benefit The Children’s Advocacy Center.

The total fundraising effort includes amounts raised through auction items purchased at the Dec. 7 event, as well as individual donations made by Inn members.

“We’re very grateful to the members of the Inns of Court for their generosity,” says Lisa Moore, director of external affairs at the CAC. “The money will enable the Children’s Advocacy Center to continue to provide essential services to child sexual abuse victims and their families, such as forensic interviews, family advocacy, medical exams, trauma-focused therapy and prevention education. The auction was an excellent way to involve others in the center’s mission.”

The Children’s Advocacy Center: The Emmy Haney House was established as a private, nonprofit agency in 1991. The organization provides an environment where abused children and their families can receive all the services they need in one facility.

The goal of the CAC is that every child goes on to lead normal, healthy, productive lives, thereby breaking the cycle of abuse, notes Moore.

The CAC is nationally-accredited by the National Children’s Alliance and provides forensic interviews, medical examinations, therapy and family advocacy free of charge to children in every racial, ethnic and socio-economic category up to age 18. Since opening its doors in 1991, the CAC has seen over 30,000 children.

Local judges and attorneys, as well as area shops, restaurants and artists, donated the items auctioned off at the IOC event.

“The Chattanooga Chapter of the Inns of Court and its members continue to embody the spirit of philanthropy and goodwill,” says IOC President Michael Alston, managing partner of Husch Blackwell’s Chattanooga office. “We’re proud to have once again selected an organization that impacts our community in a profound and positive way.”

More than 200 lawyers and judges belong to the Chattanooga IOC. The organization aims to improve the skills, professionalism, ethics, and civility of the local bench and bar.

To learn more about the local Inn and its programs, contact Alston at michael.alston@huschblackwell.com.