Pioneer Title Agency’s Northern Arizona branches served as proud sponsors – and competitors – in the first-ever “25 Men Who Think They Can Cook” fundraiser for Childhelp, which took place on Sunday, May 18 at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff and raised nearly $20,000 for the 55-year-old Arizona-based organization. Branch manager John Kuban volunteered his time as one of the 25 meal-making men, cooking up his famous balsamic glazed antipasto skewers with pesto dipping sauce, a dish that earned him 3rd place overall in the competition. In addition, Pioneer took home a People Choice Award for its creative – and colorful – table setting. “Childhelp is the world’s largest organization dedicated to helping meet the physical, emotional and educational needs of abused, neglected and at-risk kids,” says Kuban, noting organization co-founders Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson were on-hand as special guests during the festivities. “Their story is truly something Arizonans should be proud to have based right here in our own backyard, and it is something we are proud to help support in any way we can.” According to Kuban, over the past 55 years, in addition to innovating the National Child Abuse Hotline, Childhelp has been able to make contributions to children in need including:
- Childhelp Residential Treatment Villages, which are actual residential facilities focused on providing specialized, comprehensive care to the worst cases of neglect and abuse. There are currently three protected villages in the country.
- Childhelp Children’s Advocacy Centers, which brings together police, therapists, pediatricians and child services under one roof so that a child only has to share his/her story of abuse one time, cutting down on additional trauma. There is an Arizona facility, which is located in Phoenix.
- Childhelp Group Homes, which provide safe, stable environments for children as well as living and financial literacy programs.
- Childhelp Foster Family and Adoption Agencies, which provide licensed short and long-term foster care.
- Childhelp Speak Up and Be Safe, which is an evolution of the “Good Touch, Bad Touch” program available in nationwide elementary schools that teaches signs of abuse, violence prevention and anti-bullying.
- Childhelp H.K. Cummings Community Center, which provides Arizona children with after-school programs and family support services.