The first “Caring for Kids” fundraiser to benefit the Nelson Children’s Center in Denton was held on , May 1st , as friends and supporters of the Nelson Center gathered at Delaney Vineyards & Winery in Grapevine for music, food, silent and live auctions, and to celebrate the 15 years the center has made a difference in the lives of its young residents.
For the uninitiated, Nelson Children’s Center is a residential treatment facility for children who have suffered the pain of severe abuse and neglect. The benefit raised about $114,000,far exceeding our goal for this event.
Powerful highlight of the evening: Former Nelson Center resident Kai Adams told her story, and how the care she experienced at the Nelson Center turned her life around.
In a special appeal, LSS CEO Dr. Kurt Senske presented the need for a new educational resource building at Nelson, where school counselors, diagnosticians, mentors, and tutors can work one-on-one with children to help them achieve their personal and academic goals. Because of “Caring for Kids” the new building is now partially funded and on the drawing board.