Suicide prevention nonprofit to celebrate 20th anniversary 


The Indiana Center for the Prevention of Youth Abuse & Suicide had planned to recognize its 20th anniversary in 2021.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic got in the way, and the Carmel-based nonprofit’s annual Treasure Our Children Gala fundraiser was postponed for the second consecutive year.

So the 20th anniversary will be celebrated with this year’s gala, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel. The nonprofit provides support in 11 counties in central Indiana. 

“Like most nonprofits, we’ve had an impact from not being able to do some of our fundraising events,” said Maggie Owens, director of education and community relations for the nonprofit. 

The event will include dinner and silent and live auctions. Jai Baker 3 will perform live music at approximately 9 p.m.

“We’re celebrating what we have done and where we are going,” Owens said. “September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, so we have this event in September for that reason, so we can raise awareness.”

Following dinner, there will be a live auction and update from the nonprofit’s executive director, Melissa Peregrin.

Owens said she is expecting between 250 to 300 people to attend the gala.

The organization was previously named Chaucie’s Place, but the name was rebranded in 2019 to reflect its mission. Chaucie Quillen was sexually abused for several years by her father. After his first trial ended in a mistrial and plea negotiations, the father received a sentence on sexual battery. Quillen took her own life at age 21 in 1995.

Tickets are $125 per person or $235 for a pair and can be purchased at This event will have a discount for a Lyft ride upon registration. If interested in sponsoring, contact Owens at [email protected]

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