Child Advocacy Program holds fundraiser

CASSADAGA – Corn and good cheer were abundant when The Child Advocacy Program hosted a Corn Toss Tournament and Barbecue, Aug. 17 at the Red House, Cassadaga.

Chautauqua County resident Stephen Wickmark formulated the fundraising idea after attending a similar event in West Virginia. He invited the CAP Board of Directors to promote and organize the activity, offering his property as the venue. The event was also made possible by David Messinger, CEO, and employees of Colecraft Commercial Furnishings who built and donated 10 sets of corn toss boards for the event.

Many items were auctioned, including the Corn Toss boards. The featured auction item was a framed American Flag donated by Col. Mark Bennett. The flag was flown in combat over Afghanistan on board a B-1 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on May 3, 2004. Col. Mark Bennett was the Aircraft Commander for the 23-hour mission, the longest B-1 combat sortie in history. The highest bid on the flag was entered by Rich and Karen Connelly, who then donated the flag to the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280 where it is now proudly displayed.

Event sponsors included 3C’s Catering; Robert Basil Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac; Colecraft Commercial Furnishings; First Niagara; Linda J. Harris, CPA; Pepsi; Tim Horton’s; WDOE/KIX Radio; and The Red House.

CAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending child abuse in Chautauqua County. When abuse does occur, CAP coordinates a community response to bring healing, hope and justice to children and families. CAP is a United Way Agency. For more information about CAP, visit