|Sweeney recalled Huffmaster had taught his son in school and his daughter also spent time with her. "They thought she was a really great teacher and a great person," Sweeney said.|
The award named in her honor celebrates volunteers from Barry or Lawrence counties who lend their time and talents to help children.
|The Children's Center is a not-for-profit agency that operates facilities in Joplin, Monett and Nevada and serves southwest Missouri children who are severely physically abused or sexually abused.|
As a child advocacy center, the Children's Center provides a child-friendly, safe setting in which law enforcement and Children's Division personnel can conduct investigations of alleged child abuse. The Children's Center staff also offer advocacy, referrals and prevention education.
|The sixth annual "Night in Italy" fundraising dinner at Hill Creek Lodge was sponsored by Jack Henry & Associates, Inc., Thompson Family Drug, International Dehydrated Foods, American Dehydrated Foods and First State Bank. Magician Kevin Wade entertained the crowd prior to the live auction of donated items. A dance followed the auction with live music provided by the band Short Notice.|
The two hundred tickets printed for the event were sold out, said Children's Center Director Chad Adams.