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Get on the green to help victims of child abuse

The Carbondale/Aspen Glen Rotary Club is hosting a golf tournament May 20 to raise funds for “The River Bridge,” a child advocacy center.A dedicated group of individuals and the Rotary Club of Carbondale/Aspen Glen have launched a project to create a child-friendly center for victims of abuse and neglect. The project known as The River Bridge has already received support from the Garfield County Commissioners, who have promised $150,000 to purchase a cottage-style modular building. There will be an initial need for another $111,000 for forensic exam and interview equipment, startup and operating expenses.The River Bridge will bring all the usual agency representatives, such as social services, law enforcement and medical staff together to conduct the investigation into alleged abuse. Rooms to facilitate the forensic interviews and forensic medical exams will be located within the center.Currently, children who are suspected victims of child abuse must be taken to various agencies in surroundings that are not child-friendly, and the child is further traumatized by having to repeat the details of the abuse.To raise some of the necessary funds for the center, the Carbondale/Aspen Glen Rotary will hold the first annual The River Bridge golf tournament at Aspen Glen on May 20. The events of the day will include a shotgun start scramble, best ball format, a putting contest, hole-in-one prize, the longest drive for men and women and closest to the pin.Sponsors of the tournament include Charles Cunniffe Architects, Alpine Bank and Vectra Bank, Ace Hardware, the Fleischer Company and the Timbers Company.The fee per player is $150, and includes a cocktail hour, dinner and a live auction in addition to the golf.All proceeds from the event will be used to support the opening of The River Bridge. For more information, contact Melissa English at 963-1133 or 945-7747.


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