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 width=A local organization aimed at helping abused children is gearing up for their biggest night of the year.

February 21 the Children's Advocacy Center's Blue Kids Benefit will take place in uptown Normal and Executive Director, Judy Brucker indicates it is their premier event for the year. She explains the Uptown Normal Marriott fills up with guests that support their efforts and features silent and live auctions and a dinner.

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For the Children's Advocacy Center, the Blue Kids Benefit helps them close the gap between funds they receive in grants, federal and state dollars and donation. Brucker indicates the funds raised in years past has allowed to make needed upgrades to equipment at all their locations and increase programming.

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The support of the community is what makes the event succesful for the Children's Advocacy Center and Brucker feels they are fortunate to have support from all of their service areas. She explains as a part of the event, local residents are encouraged to be 'table hosts', and this year DeWitt County will be well represented at the event.

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The event is February 21 with doors opening at 5 pm.

Auction items includes a trip to Ireland, Trip to Africa (no airfares included, but full lodging for a week), hot air balloon ride, handmade cradle, glamping experience (glamourous camping), wine dinner for six at Baxter's American Grille, personal visit to your children by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, ISU Tailgate party.

Tickets are $65 per person and benefits the Children's Advocacy Centers. For further details about reservations, contact Brucker at the Children's Advocacy Center by callign 309-888-5656.

The Marriott has reserved a block of rooms at their hotel for the event at a special rate. As a part of the $129 rate, they will donate back $10 for each room booked for that evening.

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