Celebrity Waiter Ball to benefit Amy Center
By Tina Suarez
The Annual Amy Schultz Child Advocacy Center Celebrity Waiter Ball was held Saturday, March 30 at the Double Tree by Hilton in Mt. Vernon. The tables in the ballroom were beautifully decorated by the people sitting at each table. Doors opened at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour. Welcomes were given by Dennis Schultz, founder of the Amy Center, as well as board members Ruth Bryson and Sherry Williams.
Dennis spoke on the murder of his daughter Amy and the need for the advocacy center. Both Ruth Bryson and Sherry Williams spoke on the programs that The Amy Center has to help children and their families.
Darrell Mays was introduced as the MC for the evening as well as Justin Carson as the auctioneer.
All in attendance had the opportunity to look at and bid on all silent auction items. The items were all donated by board members, community businesses, and other individuals.
A live auction was held at 8 p.m. in the evening. Some of the auction items were a trip, handmade quilt, bracelet, purse, etc. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the auction knowing that they were contributing to a great cause.
Music and dancing began at 8:45 with the music being provided by The Presswoods of Centralia.
The silent auction ended at 9 p.m. and the music at 10:45.
The Amy Center wishes to thank all sponsors and celebrity waiters for the evening.
The Amy Schultz Child Advocacy Center was founded in 1990 by Dennis Schultz, in memory of his daughter. Amy was abducted, sexually assaulted, and murdered. After Amy’s death, Dennis learned that nearly half a million children are reported as victims of sexual abuse each year.
The Mission: The Amy Schultz Advocacy Center is providing a safe place for children who are victims of sexual or severe physical abuse. The board, staff and multidisciplinary team members work together to provide intervention, prevention, education and advocacy services in the best interest of abused children.
The Center serves a seven county region in South Central Illinois: Clinton, Marion, Clay, Washington, Jefferson, Wayne and Hamilton counties.
The Center is a 501(c)3 agency. Donations can be made through Pay Pal.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 618-244-2100.
Pictured (L to R): Dennis Schultz, Darrell Mays