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Sweeney receives top award from Children's Center

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Karan Huffmaster Award was presented to J. Edward Sweeney at the Children's Center's annual fundraising dinner April 4. This is the third year the honor has been presented. [Photo by Darin Nama]
Retired Circuit Judge J. Edward Sweeney received the 2009 Karan Huffmaster Award April 4 at the Children's Center's sixth annual "Night in Italy" fundraising dinner. The award honors a member of the community who volunteers their time to help the Center and area children. Walda and Doug Thompson and Don and Lisa Trotter are previous winners.

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.

Reports of children being abused or neglected may be made to the child abuse hotline at 1-800-392-3738. Contact the Children's Center directly at 354-8657 or 1-866-230-9780. For more information go to their web site at www.childrens-center.org http://www.childrens-center.org.

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