The Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County (CAC) is dedicated to providing services to child victims of physical and sexual abuse and to those who have witnessed a violent crime. The CAC coordinates the efforts of law enforcement, other agencies, and community volunteers in a child-friendly environment in order to bring healing and recovery to these victims and their families. The CAC also assists the children and their families throughout the criminal justice process.
To raise the funds to provide these much needed services, the CAC is holding two fundraisers, their second annual “girls night out” Bling-O event and their 16th annual online auction, Bids for Kids. The Bling-O event will take place at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, September 15, at KE Bushman’s Celebration Center in Bullard, Texas, and features 15 games of bingo with designer purses as the prizes. The Bids for Kids event is an online fundraising auction that will begin on September 15 and will continue through September 25.
As co-chair of the CAC’s Bling-O event and their Bids for Kids online auction, Laura Roberts encourages ladies of our community to attend Bling-O and everyone to place their bids starting September 15 at www.cacblingoandbids.com. All proceeds from the auction will stay in Smith County to help abused children begin to heal. Shannon Glenney serves with Mrs. Roberts as co-chair for the events.
Outside of her service to the CAC, Mrs. Roberts is an active member of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc., where she serves as the assistant membership vice president, a placement advisor, and an advisor for the Community Projects Team. Mrs. Roberts is a member of the board of directors and serves as secretary for the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler. She is a member of the East Texas Nurse Practitioners, Tyler Museum of Art, and is a life member of The University of Texas Exes.
“No amount of talking resonates as deeply as one’s example,” Mrs. Roberts said. “My parents set the tone for my siblings and I. My philosophy of volunteerism can best be summed up by this Elisabeth Elliott quote, ‘Keep your hands alert for service. Learn to give and not to take; to drown your own hungry wants in the happiness of lending yourself to fulfill the interest of those near. You will find to your own glad surprise, the secret of the meekness and gentleness of Jesus, and the fruits of His spirit will blossom in your life.’”
Mrs. Roberts was born in Charleston, South Carolina, but reared in Tyler. She and her husband, Eric, have been married for 11 years and have three beloved dogs the couple rescued from shelters. Mrs. Roberts is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and earned her bachelor’s degrees in child development and in nursing from The University of Texas at Austin. She also received her master’s degree in nursing from UT Austin. Mrs. Roberts did her post graduate work in family practice nursing at UT Austin and earned her license as an acute care nurse practitioner from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The Roberts are members of Sylvania Baptist Church where Mrs. Roberts is a women’s Bible study teacher.
“My greatest enjoyment in Tyler is just being near my family and my husband’s family. We feel very blessed to have them near us. But, we love that Tyler is such a generous community where volunteerism is modeled,” Mrs. Roberts said.
For more information about the Children’s Advocacy of Smith County, please visit cacsmithcounty.org, and for more information about Bling-O or Bids for Kids, visit cacblingandbids.com.