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 agencies, Department of Family & Protective Services Child Protective Services, criminal prosecutors, therapists, victim advocates, 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 will hold their third annual “girls night out” Bling-O event at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, September 13, at The Cascades in Tyler. This fun evening will feature 15 games of bingo with designer purses as the prizes for each game. The ladies in attendance will also enjoy dinner, a silent auction, gift purses, a raffle, and a game of Heads and Tails.
As a member of the CAC board of directors and the chairperson of their Bling-O event, Nita Meads encourages the ladies of our community support this important not-for-profit organization through their attendance and their participation in the silent auction.
“The Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County is dedicated to child victims of physical and sexual abuse with their ultimate goal being to reduce trauma to these children and bring healing to them and their families allowing them all to return to normal lives,” Mrs. Meads said. “The Bling-O event has been a tremendous success over the past two years, so I hope the ladies of our community will join us again this year very unique and fun evening while helping the CAC continue to make a difference in the lives of the children of Smith County.”
Outside of her service to the CAC, Mrs. Meads has served on the Tyler Catholic School Board for three terms. She is a member of the Keep Tyler Beautiful board of directors, the Junior League of Tyler, Inc., the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler, Friends of Hospice, and the Texas A&M Commerce Alumni Club. As a member of the Greater Tyler Association of Realtors, Mrs. Meads serves as their director of the public relations committee and their professional development committee. She has held various board positions for the Women’s Council of Realtors.
“I believe that the joy you give to others may someday come back to you, and for me, volunteering gives me that opportunity to give joy by giving back to our community through the organizations I serve,” she said. “Just knowing that you made a difference in one person’s life, or in the lives of a multitude of people is the greatest joy and satisfaction received by those who volunteer.”
Born in Bryan, Texas, Mrs. Meads has resided in Tyler since 2005. She and her husband, Byron, have been married for 40 years and are the parents of Jordan, Sarah, Caroline, and Laura. Mrs. Meads is a graduate of Denison High School in Denison, Texas. She attended Grayson County Community College and earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University Commerce in Commerce, Texas. The Meads are members of the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Chapel.
“My husband and I resided in Tyler upon graduating college but later chose career paths that lead us to live in many different places while making new family experiences,” Mrs. Meads said. “We always missed our Texas roots, and we are so happy to be back in this close-knit community of friendly, involved people who take great pride in our city.”
For more information about the Children’s Advocacy of Smith County and their upcoming Bling-O event, please visit www.cacsmithcounty.org.