Brooke’s Place celebrates 20 years at annual fundraising breakfast

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Brooke’s Place is celebrating 20 years of service by hosting the seventh annual Legacy of Hope Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Nov. 21 at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel.

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“Brooke’s Place provides grief support services to grieving children and their families,” said Larissa Warne, Brooke’s Place development and marketing coordinator. “We offer support groups, therapy services and community education that helps to empower children, teens and young adults to thrive in the midst of their grief.”

The breakfast coincides with National Children’s Grief Awareness Day each year.

“We feel it’s an important day for us not only to raise funds for our organization, but to raise awareness about childhood grief,” Warne said. “Children grieve differently than adults do, and we need to support them. We know that kids who go unsupported in their grief are at a much higher risk for substance abuse, poor school performance, problems in interpersonal relationships and getting in trouble with the law.”

The breakfast will focus on the organization’s 20 years of making a difference in the community.

“We have had quite a bit of growth in the last 20 years,” Warne said. “We will be celebrating all of those people who got us to where we are today.”

Speakers will share how their lives have been affected by Brooke’s Place.

“We will have past participants, current participants, kids and adults sharing their Brooke’s Place stories,” Warne said. “We have some people who came through when they were kids, and now they’re parents themselves.”

Warne said the group is seeking more volunteers because of its growth.

Breakfast admission is free but advance registration is required. For more, visit brookesplace.org.

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