Harmony House Children’s Advocacy Center held its annual
fundraiser kickoff the “Hope for Spring Fling” on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at
Oglebay’s Camp Russell.
The 11th annual event hosted the Leslie
Vassilaros Hope’s Hero Award for the first time, being presented for the third
year. Harmony House did its best to keep
the announcement of the winner under wraps until the night of the event.
With a mash up of tears, humor, friendship, sweetness and
class, long-time friend Kathy Vani presented the well-deserved award to none
other than Marshall County’s own, Susie Baker. A very surprised, humble Mrs.
Baker accepted the award, surrounded by friends, family and Marshall County
Susie has been a central part in the lives of many Marshall
County residents, devoting countless hours to their children, the Marshall County SchoolsParent Educator Resource Center and
the Marshall County Back to School Fun Fair.
As the Fair founder, she is also a volunteer at CASA, a part of
countless committees and community supports, and has most certainly been (as
engraved on the award) nothing short of “AMAZING.”
Harmony House, Children’s Advocacy Center, is a
comprehensive, child-focused program that allows prosecutors, law enforcement,
child protective service workers, medical and mental health professionals, and
victim advocates to work together to strengthen the community’s response to
child abuse. The center runs entirely from
grants, donations and special events. “This event is setting
the tone for our year’s fundraising and is a lot of fun for our guests, staff
and hardworking WV Auxiliary,” says Administrative Manager Jay Jack. “Abuse immediately turns a child’s young
world into a chaos, removing the excitement of youthful curiosity and replacing
it with questions of confusion and dread. At Harmony House Children’s Advocacy
Center, our attempt at new beginnings and healing starts as soon as we open our
doors,” says Jack. Harmony House has been
a strong part of our valley, serving children and individuals with
developmental disabilities in Ohio and Marshall counties in West Virginia and
Belmont County in Ohio
For more information visit harmonyhousecacwv.org or call 304-230-2205.