York County advocacy center holds fundraiser Friday to help abused children
As the number of abused children served by the York County Children's Advocacy Center continues to grow each year, there is a greater need for services to help them.
The center is holding its 10th annual Mini Golf Marathon fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 17.
Golfers can join at any time from noon to midnight at the Heritage Hills Mini Golf Course, at 2700 Mount Rose Ave. in Springettsbury Township. The fee to play is $7 (or $6 for kids) and the event includes door prizes, contests on the course and free pizza and snacks.
Proceeds go toward forensic interviewing and medical services for children referred to the center — which last year interviewed 770 children and provided 131 exams, according to a news release.
This is only a fraction of the children from the 2,194 reported incidents of child abuse in the county that year, and a 26 percent increase over exams in 2016, the release states.
This year, the center is on pace to serve 820 children, according to the release.
It's mission is to reduce the trauma of investigations by offering a comfortable and appropriate environment for children.
The center works with several county agencies including the York County District Attorney’s Office, the county Office of Children Youth & Families, WellSpan Health, law enforcement and the YWCA Victim Assistance Center.
Center staff hope to foster professional collaboration and cooperation, and promote education and advocacy efforts, the release states.
For more information about services or the golf marathon, call the center at 717-718-4253.