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 funds for these much needed services, the CAC is holding two fundraisers, Bling-O and their 15th annual online auction, Bids for Kids. Bling-O is a “girls’ night out” bingo, silent auction, and raffle event being held on September 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at K.E. Bushman’s Celebration Center in Bullard, Texas. The event will feature 20 games of bingo with designer purses as the prizes. Bids for Kids is an online fundraising auction that will begin at midnight, September 10, and run for ten days. The online auction will feature premium and one-of-a-kind items available for bids and can be accessed through the eBay Giving Works link at www.cacsmithcounty.org.
Suzanne Perkins serves on the board of directors for the CAC and is chairing both the Bling-O and Bids for Kids fundraisers. “Although the CAC receives government grants that help fund some of their programs, their grants require a match, and the funds raised through Bling-O and Bids for Kids enable the CAC to seek grants and use that as a match,” Mrs. Perkins said. “I encourage our community to support these two great events and help provide the CAC with the money needed to continue to provide their services that help so many.”
Outside of her service to the CAC, Mrs. Perkins is a member of the Tyler Museum of Art board of directors, the All Saints Episcopal School Parents’ Association, the Smith County Bar Association, and the Texas Bar Association.
Born in Tyler, Mrs. Perkins has resided in the community for 20 years. She and her husband, Stan, have been married for 27 years and are the parents of one son, Grant, 15. Mrs. Perkins is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. She received her juris doctorate degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. She is an appellate attorney and owns her law practice, the Law Office of Suzanne Perkins. The Perkins are members of Whitehouse Church of Christ.
“Volunteering gives me an opportunity to help those most in need and to make Tyler a better community,” Mrs. Perkins said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to give back to the hometown that has provided me with so much.”
For more information on Bling-O or Bids for Kids, please visit www.cacblingoandbids.com.