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In 1997, under the direction of then Lackawanna County District Attorney, Michael J. Barrasse, the concept and need for a Northeastern Pennsylvania regional advocacy center was researched and developed to serve child and teen victims of abuse. Since it became operational in 1998, Judge Michael J. Barrasse has continuously served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. With one board-certified pediatrician and an  attending nurse, we served 32 children in a three-room office – in its first year of operation. This past year, we provided 1,676 child abuse intervention services to 839 children & adolescents. These services included: 682 Forensic Interviews, 670 Medical Exams, 291 Advocacy, Support & Referral Services and Evidence-Based Trauma Therapy for 33 children.

Over the past 20 years, we have grown from three rooms to three buildings: the Children’s Center, the Teen Center and Mulberry Center! 

In celebration of 20 years of service, we are hosting our Emerald Gala on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel.  Our Honorary Chair is John P. Moses, Esquire and Julie Sidoni (WNEP) will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies! We are looking forward to honoring the following community leaders:

  • William J. Browning, Executive Director, Lackawanna County Department of Human Services
  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick, Acting Commissioner Pennsylvania State Police
  • Michelle L. Olshefski, Assistant United States Attorney


Your support of this event will help us fund medical examinations, forensic interviews and other critical services that we provide to child victims of abuse every day.

Musical Entertainment by Daddy-O and the Sax Maniax!

Tickets = $150/per person      (10 Seats Per Table)

Purchase Gala Tickets Online via PayPal:

Gala Tickets 150.00 per person

For more information, please call: 570-969-7313 or email JessFarrell@cacnepa.org

To Sponsor or donate a live auction item, please click on the following PDFs or email JessFarrell@cacnepa.org for more information.

Sponsorship Information:  Emerald Gala Sponsorship Opportunities & Reply 2018_RVD

Silent/Live Auction Donation Items:  Emerald Gala Donation Response Form 2018

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