PLANO (May 5, 2014) — Thanks to incredible support from the Collin County community, Gala 2014 presented by Rent-A-Center raised $615,000 to benefit children who come to the Center because of allegations of abuse or neglect.

Gala 2014 featured live and silent auctions and the raffle of a 2014 Lexus IS generously contributed by DFW Lexus Dealers. More than 1000 guests enjoyed the exciting performance by Huey Lewis and the News, famous for hits such hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Stuck With You,” “I Want A New Drug,” “If This Is It,” “Hip To Be Square” and “Workin’ For A Livin.” The group also wrote and performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” for the “Back to the Future” film earning the band an Academy Award nomination and a #1 Billboard hit.

Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County serves as the first stop for children who are suspected victims of abuse or neglect. Highly trained forensic interviewers provide a child-friendly environment in which children can safely share their stories. The Center then offers therapy and support for children and their non-offending family members to help them heal from the trauma of abuse.

“It would be impossible for the Children’s Advocacy Center to provide free, life-changing services to abused children without the support of our community,” CEO Lynne McLean said. “Thank you to the donors, friends, volunteers and guests who made Gala 2014 such a memorable event.”

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County gratefully acknowledges the following supporters:

$75,000 – Rent-A-Center

$50,000 – Friends of Rent-A-Center; JCPenney; Carolyn and Mark Speese

Exclusive Automotive Partner – DFW Lexus Dealers

$25,000 – Consolidated Armor Products; DADS Advisory Fund; Engibous Family Foundation; First Private Bank

$15,000 – Kristin and Robert Rankins; Cathy and Richard Riccardi; Sloan Wealth Management; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

$10,000 – Advocare International; Bank of America; Gay, McCall, Isaacks, Gordon & Roberts; Neiman Marcus Willow Bend; Texas Instruments; Varrichio Family Foundation

$5,000 – Aetna; Richard Benavides, M.D.; Inez and Dan Browning; Caliber Collision; City Bank Texas; Anne Davidson; Deloitte; Estell and Hoffman Families; The Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano; Independent Bank; The Medical Center of Plano; Sandy Nachman; Norton Rose Fulbright; United Healthcare; Sooner Management LLC

$2,500 – Sherry and Allen Adams / Sandy and Mike Albright; Carrie and Jim Benson; Charity Recycling Partners / The Thrift Store; Janet and Kevin Cook; Connie and Russ Coolik; Diane and Brian Crutcher / Dr. Martha Grimm and John Seiver; Dallas Auction Gallery; Dell; Megan and Matt Devlin / Monica and Leslie Quiros; Jane and Jim Donovan; Dowdey, Anderson & Associates, Inc.; Duke Realty; Ebby Halliday; E-Care Emergency Centers; Emerson Process Management Regulators Technologies, Inc.; Encore Wire Corporation; Ernst & Young; Fischer & Company; Fossil; The Judy Gay Group, Ebby Halliday; Brad Gorrondona; Merrill Greer; Hilltop Holdings; J.P. Morgan; KPMG; Legacy Texas Bank; Littler Mendelson; Masergy; Metro-Grafix; Patty and Michael O’Brien; The Plexus Groupe LLC; Mary Jo and Craig Pope; The Hon. and Mrs. Chuck Ruckel; Cindy and Reed Schnittker; Susan and Jonathan Shapiro; Sheriff Box Shoot-Out “FORE” Kids; The Shops at Willow Bend; Anna Ruth and David Smith; Christine and Frank Stanesic; Strasburger & Price LLP; Law Office of April Steele; Cindy and Bob Sutley; Total Wine & More; Katherine and John Utley; Wells Fargo; District Attorney Greg Willis; Dawn and Kirk Wolverton

Gala underwriters: Applebee’s with the Dharod family; Jack Black; Launch Agency; Million Air; Rusty Glenn Designs


About the Center

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County provides safety, healing and justice to children victimized by abuse or neglect in Collin County. Working collaboratively with law enforcement and Child Protective Services, the Center brings all services to abused children under one roof. Since 1992, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County has offered free services to more than 45,000 abused and neglected children. To learn more, visit or call 972-633-6600.