Treasure Our Children gala set for Sept. 28


The Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse & Suicide will play host to the 19th annual Treasure Our Children Gala from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 28 at the 502 Event Center, 502 E. Carmel Dr. The theme is “Dancing the Night Away.”

The organization was founded in 2001 to prevent abuse and suicide among the youth of the community. ICPYAS provides evidence-based programming to educate youth and adults and empower them to recognize, react and find appropriate resources for help.

The gala helps fund programs for adults and children.

“We go into schools and teach body safety, because there’s such a high correlation between children who have been abused or neglected and their rate of suicide,” said Melissa Peregrin, ICPYAS executive director. “We teach kids how to advocate for themselves to keep themselves safe. We also teach adults how to protect children.”

The evening includes dinner, cocktails, music, dancing and advocacy.

“This is a celebration of the work that we’ve been able to do to protect the kids and teens in the community. It’s also a way for us to raise awareness and funds for the coming school year,” Peregrin said.

The event will include a live and silent auction.

“We have some big items like a week-long stay in a condo in the Caribbean and tickets to Disney,” Peregrin said. “We have things like lunch and a tour of the Carmel Police Dept., tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game, jewelry, tickets to Conner Prairie and ax throwing for 10 people.”

The band Toy Story will perform throughout the evening.

Tickets are $90 per person or $170 per couple. For more or to purchase tickets, visit

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