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October 4, 2017

Circle of Friends 2017

Nearly 300 friends of the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center gathered at the Hagerty Center on October 4, 2017, to attend our annual Circle of Friends Luncheon and support our efforts to provide help, hope, and healing to abused children. They heard powerful stories from members of our multidisciplinary teams, the first-responders when a family finds itself in crisis. And they responded with overwhelming generosity! Not only did they significantly exceed the $15,000 challenge match offered by a passionate anonymous donor, they helped us raise 15% of our annual budget – essential support if all child victims of physical and sexual abuse, and those who have witnessed violence, are to receive the justice and healthy, hopeful lives they deserve. This event would not have been possible without the participation of our Stories from the Circle participants. We are grateful to them for helping our guests to understand both HOW and WHY we serve children and families victimized by abuse.

  • Sabrina Purdy, Investigator, Grand Traverse County Child Protective Services
  • Dr. Cindy Smith, Pediatrician, Kids Creek Children’s Clinic
  • Sara Swanson, Benzie County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Chris Piskor, Detective Sargent, Wexford County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dr. Amelia Siders, Clinical Director, Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center

We also want to recognize our Circle of Friends Luncheon sponsors and table hosts. Their leadership in supporting our mission is a gift that provides intervention and therapeutic services to victims and child abuse protection education to our entire community. Thank you for helping to expand the circle of support!

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Chemical Bank
Marty & Olivia Lagina
Rhonda & Michael Estes
Tom & Marilyn Taylor

Silver Sponsor

Casey Cowell
Exit Reality — Holly Hack
Patrick & Ken Warner
Ross & Brenda Biederman

Bronze Sponsors

Blue Cross Blue Shield
J & DC Chocolates, LLC
TBA Credit Union

Business Sponsors

4Front Credit Union
Bay Area Urology Associates
Bill Marsh Auto Group
Jan & Marilyn Vlach
Munson Medical Center
Shorts Brewery
Walk-In Clinic

Table Hosts

Andrew Silk
Benzie County Cares for Kids
Carol Reichard
Debra & Daniel Edson
DHHS Grand Traverse & Kalkaska Counties
Jayne Mohr
Karen Simpson
Kathy Wittbrodt – Waterside Properties
Mary Bevans Gillett
Noelle Moeggenberg
Sara Swanson
Sue & John Bolde
Traverse Bay Area ISD
Traverse City Area Public Schools
Traverse City State Bank

In-Kind Sponsors

Britten Studios
Jenifer Strauss
Pierce Thomas
Scarlett Piedmont
Tom Masters


October 4, 2017


Hagerty Center
715 E Front St
Traverse City, 49686 United States