Bittersweet: 25 years for Prevail

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We knew why we were there – the two of us and our spouses, along with Terry, Carolyn and Pat Anker of Carmel, Erin Heller of Westfield, Amy Frolick of Fishers and Jacque Bilbrey of Noblesville. A week ago, Prevail Inc. celebrated the end of its 25th year of standing in the gap for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel in Carmel provided the backdrop for an elegant evening of information and celebration. Current again proudly was a sponsor, and we shall continue to be so until Prevail decides otherwise. It was a bittersweet affair, we all agreed. For all the money raised through silent and live auctions, and the hilarious “hootin’ and hollerin’ ” that went along with the latter, we also watched and listened intently as a father recounted the horror visited upon his then 8-year-old daughter – and why Prevail is, well, Prevail. There weren’t too many dry eyes in the house as this brave soul detailed not only the crime – for which, based on a technicality, there was no punishment – but also the way the staff at Prevail became a fierce protector and a mentor for this little girl, her mom and her dad. Prevail offers free service to Hamilton and surrounding counties – yes, sadly, it does “happen here” – in confidential, supportive and non-judgmental ways. Victims of sexual or otherwise abusive crimes are urged to call Prevail now at 776.3472. Those of us fortunate enough to have not been associated with something so horrific need to do our part. We can donate cash or our time. Simply call Michelle Moen at 773.6942 to learn how. Prevail needs us. Please join us in helping the organization to continue making a difference.

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