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More than 380 guests attended this year’s fundraiser for Beech Brook, held April 28 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland. Although the final results are still being tallied, it appears that the agency has already netted nearly $189,000 to support its child abuse prevention and early intervention programs for children and families.

The annual Beacon of Hope call for support, following a video featuring a family served by Beech Brooks Family Stability/Homeless Prevention Program brought in more than $70,000 in just a few minutes, a record for that part of the program.

Honorary chairs for the Beech Ball were Judy and Walt Stuelpe. Co-chairs were Tracy and David Crandall; Tracy and Tom Seifert; and Jane and Gary Small.

The evening featured silent and live auctions, raffles for a necklace and for a set of two Adirondack chairs plus a paddleboard, a sand bucket bracelet raffle, and a wine pull. Following the program, guests were treated to the live music of Tony Quarles and the Discovery Band.

Founded in 1852, Beech Brook is now in its 165th year of service to children and families. The agency currently provides a wide range of community-based programs that help children overcome emotional and behavioral problems; identify and treat mental health issues in early childhood; provide caring foster homes for youth who cannot live safely in their own families; and educate, strengthen and support parents. Just this year, Beech Brook will touch the lives of more than 18,000 children and their families in Northeast Ohio through programs including:

  • Foster care
  • Family preservation
  • Outpatient therapy for children and teens
  • School-based mental health services
  • Community-based services for at-risk youth and young adults
  • Mentoring
  • Comprehensive sex education
  • Seminars for divorcing families
  • Early childhood services
  • Parent support and education
  • Teen parent groups
  • Child abuse prevention and early intervention

Beech Brook’s headquarters is located at 3737 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike. The agency also provides services at its Family Drop-In Center, located at the Carl B. Stokes Social Services Building, 6001 Woodland Ave., Cleveland.

For more information about Beech Brook, contact Nancy Kortemeyer in the Marketing and Public Relations Department at 216.831.2255, ext. 2292, or visit the website at www.beechbrook.org.

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