That’s right, we did it again–we won first place for presentation in Childhelp Flagstaff’s 4th annual “25 Men Who Think They Can Cook” fundraiser! Our Elden branch’s Justin Hansen served up Elden Street Enchiladas out of his “food truck!” “25 Men Who Think They Can Cook” is a fundraiser that Pioneer has participated in since the beginning, and this is not the first time we’ve placed first for presentation! This year’s event took place on Saturday, June 3 at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff and raised nearly $25,000 for the 58-year-old Arizona-based organization. Childhelp, which was founded in Phoenix in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, is a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Since its founding 58 years ago, 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.