Franklin-Williamson "CAC"

Issue #11- September 2021 Summer Recap Edition


Hello everyone,

This is Hilary Chandler with the Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center, AKA the "CAC ". In this quarter's newsletter, you will see an update from our Executive Director about a new board member, hear about a few upcoming fundraisers, help us celebrate a Saluki Football win, and learn how to support us through our Amazon wish lists!

We hope you enjoy reading this little update from us...

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Garnati Ball Drop

The Garnati Ball Drop will be happening this year on October 21st 2021@ 10:00 AM at Crab Orchard Golf Course. Stay tuned to our Facebook Page for more information coming soon!

Harvest Moon Ball

Come support a great cause at The 6th Annual Harvest Moon Masquerade Ball on Friday, November 12th. Enjoy great food, music, a silent auction, and help support your local child advocacy centers. This is a joint fundraiser for the Perry-Jackson Child Advocacy Center and the Franklin Williamson Child Advocacy Center. The Masquerade Ball will be held at Legends at Walker's Bluff with a formal dinner, music, and silent auction. Tickets are $50 and must be pre-purchased. Business casual or formal attire and bring your masquerade mask if you would like!

Timeline for the Harvest Moon Masquerade Ball:
6pm: Cocktail Hour with music.
7pm: Formal Dinner Buffet with music.
8:30pm -11pm: DJ, Drinks, Socializing, Dancing & More!

You can purchase tickets online through Paypal ( or by calling one of the Advocacy Centers.

*Franklin- Williamson Child Advocacy Center at 942-3800
*Perry-Jackson Advocacy Center at 357-2990.

There is still time to become a sponsor!

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We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming fundraisers!

As always, please keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information.

Thank you SIU Credit Union!

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Last weekend's Saluki Football win against ISU was pretty exciting for our Center! SIU Credit Union chose the Franklin-Williamson CAC as their sponsored charity of the game, meaning we received $100 for every touchdown scored by SIU. With a final score of 35-17, SIU Credit Union donated $500 to our Center! Go Salukis!

Welcome Steve Cook!

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The Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center is excited to announce the appointment of Steve Cook, President of SouthernTrust Bank in Marion, Illinois, as the new Treasurer of our center’s Board of Directors.

With 31 years of experience in the financial services industry, Steve possesses strong analytical skills and knowledge regarding financial reports -- including balance sheets, income statements, budget oversight, forecasts, and strategic planning.

Steve lives in Marion, Illinois with his wife, Moya (a family Nurse Practitioner for the VA), and their four children. As a longtime resident of the area, Steve has a strong passion for serving his community. Steve is a member of the Marion Unit 2 Board of Education and also serves on the Board of SouthernTrust Bank and the Marion Chamber of Commerce.

Steve stated, “It has been an honor to be asked to join such a highly respected organization which serves such an important role in our communities.”

The Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center is dedicated to serving the best interests of children who have been sexually or physically abused. We provide services to child victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, and child witnesses to homicides, and other violent crimes.

“Steve’s wealth of experience in the financial services industry, along with his passion for serving the children in our community, makes him the perfect fit for this position,” said Executive Director Sarah Anderson. “He will be a tremendous asset to our Center as we further our mission within Franklin and Williamson County.”

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our new Board Treasurer, Steve Cook!

Check Out Our Amazon Wish List

When children come to the CAC for their interview, we provide snacks, drinks, and like to send them home with a backpack full of hygiene products, fidget toys, books, and school supplies. We run through these products rather quickly around here! We are so grateful when we receive donations that continue to make this possible!

If you are looking for an easy (and COVID safe) way to support our center, our Amazon Wish List is a great way to do so!

Click the Amazon Wish List image below to start shopping!

Our Mission Statement

The Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center

is dedicated to serving the best interests of children

who have been sexually or physically abused.

We, at the Center, are their Voice.

WE believe:

All children should be free of abuse and neglect.

All children should have the opportunity

to develop to their fullest potential in

a safe and loving environment.

It is in the best interest of abused children to have

collaboration among agencies

working on their behalf.

It is important to educate the public on the issues

of child abuse and neglect.