“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.” As a board member of the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Smith County, father and grandfather Ted Conover speaks for the children of our community who cannot speak for themselves.
For the past 14 years, the CAC has been an advocate for children traumatized by abuse. The center coordinates and investigates each case of alleged child abuse and provides interviews, advocacy, and therapy services that begin the healing of the child and their family.
Beginning June 17 through June 26, the CAC is holding their 13th annual online auction fundraiser, Bids for Kids, presented through the Tyler Courier Times Telegraph and eBay. The auction offers unique items, fabulous experiences, generous gift certificates, and all proceeds benefit the CAC.
“Bids for Kids is a fun and easy way to support this much-needed Smith County organization,” Mr. Conover said. “I encourage all residents of Smith County to learn more about the CAC, about supporting their efforts, and about preventing child abuse. One of the most enjoyable things about living in Tyler is the people and their commitment to helping worthwhile causes in the community.”
As a dedicated and active volunteer in the community, Mr. Conover is a board member for the South Tyler Rotary Club, and has served on the board for both Junior Achievement and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He has participated on both the corporate advisory board at The University of Texas at Tyler and also on the campus performance objective committee at Bryan C. Jack Elementary School. Mr. Conover serves on the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership State Advisory Board and received a gubernatorial appointment to the Texas Department of Agriculture Finance Authority. He is on the Park of East Texas board of directors and executive committee, and served as chairman with Build East Texas.
“I’ve been helped by many during my life, and that creates a debt that is only repaid by helping others, especially those who can’t help themselves,” Mr. Conover said.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Mr. Conover has resided in Tyler for 29 years. He and his wife, Carol, have been married seven years and are the parents of three adult children and seven grandchildren. Mr. Conover is a graduate of Kilgore High School and he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M – Commerce. He also attended the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. Mr. Conover served honorably in the United States Marine Corp. The Conovers are members of Green Acres Baptist Church.
For more information about Bids for Kids, please contact the Children’s Advocacy Center at 903-533-1880, or visit the Bids for Kids online auction at www.tylerpaper.com.