Fundraiser will help Glenwood Springs child advocacy center
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Childhelp River Bridge Center is holding a dinner theater fundraiser for the local child advocacy nonprofit in Glenwood Springs.The musical event will feature an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s comedy, “You never can tell,” featuring Broadway stars Joyce Bulifant and Christopher Carothers, along with local favorites. There will be three separate showings, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, with a choice of dinner, coffee and sweets, or an afternoon showing with tea.Ticket prices vary, and the center is encouraging advance purchase by calling either Martha O’Keefe at 379-6577 or Melissa English, Childhelp River Bridge president, at 319-7624.Childhelp is a national nonprofit child abuse prevention and treatment organization that opened the River Bridge Advocacy Center in Glenwood Springs in December 2007. The center is a public and private partnership with Garfield County and provides a child-friendly environment and is a one stop approach to the investigation and treatment of child abuse.The new facility houses professionals from the Garfield County Department of Human Services and Valleywide Forensic Nurses LLC, a director and a child advocate from Childhelp, as well.All of the existing agencies work together as a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team to reduce further trauma to the child, while at the same time strengthening the investigative process.So far, the center has conducted 54 forensic interviews, 113 mental health therapy sessions and assisted 40 families with victim advocacy services, from Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties.
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