National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.)

On January 9th, 2017, partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide will promote National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.).

The Children's Advocacy Center of Ottawa County would like to thank police officers who help protect our community and work with us as we serve children who have been victims of sexual abuse. We coordinated an Appreciation Day to show how grateful we are for their service and sent goody bags to all of our friends in Blue throughout the county! We would like to thank the businesses that have helped us say "thanks" to the officers with us: Butch's Beach BurritosBiggby Coffee of HollandBig Apple BagelsMcDonald's at 12645 Riley St, and Bigby Coffee on Baldwin in Hudsonville!

Bids & Bites Gala 2016

Our annual Bids & Bites Gala was held at Laketown Golf and Conference Center on Friday, November 18.  This evening would not be possible without the generosity and partnership of Co-Presenting Sponsors: Bradford Company and Comfort Research.

We would also like to thank:

Our Platinum Sponsors: John & Judy Spoelhof, our Guardian Sponsors: Barber Ford,  Shape Corp., Advanced Time Management, Gentex, and Rich & Marcia Lievense.  Our Advocate Sponsors: Ed & Nancy Hanenburg, BDO, Boar's Head Provisions Co., TwistThink, Herman Miller Cares, McShane & Bowie P.L.C.,  Conrad & Laurie Mutschler, and Scholten Fant.

Our Friend Sponsors: GMB Architecture & Engineers, Automatic Spring Products, Doug & Melissa Brenner, Haworth, Holland Hospital, Integrity Business Solutions, Dave & Karen Koop, Nichols, Clovis & Sandra Rayzel, Russ' Restaurants, Steve & Lauri Sisson,and Henry & Cora Visscher.  

The evening's theme was right out of the roaring '20s, with special events like Al Capone's Wine Cellar, 100 Bottles of Beer, and Money Bags.  The Dutch Auction had over 50 different packages with donations from many businesses and companies from Holland all the way to Traverse City!  The Dutch Raffle was comprised of 10 extravagant packages ranging from an entire set of Comfort Research furniture from their Orahh line to a weekend trip for 10 in a Disciples Ridge condo at Boyne Mountain.  

Emcee Jim Kaminski moved the evening along with his energy and our speaker, Taylor, bravely told her story as a victim of sexual abuse and how the Children's Advocacy Center helped her from the very beginning and walked alongside her and helped her on a path to healing.  She also raised money to donate back to the Center, for other children who endure what she had.

The culmination of the evening came when Executive Director Darcy Komejan took the stage to challenge everyone in the audience to stand up for kids and commit to financially support the services of the Center beyond the raffles and Dutch Auction, by standing in solidarity for the children who are victims of sexual abuse.  It was a powerful visual to see an entire room of over 200 people standing together for vulnerable victims of abuse.  

It was a beautiful evening, full of the beauty of people who invest their time and treasure in the Children's Advocacy Center.  The evening raised a record amount of money totaling $203,206.00!!!

The cherry on top was the take away provided by Hudsonville Ice Cream.  Hudsonville Ice Cream made sure every guest walked away with an insulated cooler bag full of ice cream.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make the evening a smashing success.  Thank you to the business partners and people who support our Center and the children in our community that we serve. 

Ottawa County Law Enforcement Appreciation

Local law enforcement plays a large role in the multi-disciplinary services offered at the Children's Advocacy Center. As a token of our appreciation for all they do here, and to help keep our communities safe, we delivered cupcakes to all local agencies. The Children's Advocacy Center Backs the Blue! A special thank you to the Holland Cakery for assisting us in this show of gratitude!