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Monday, May 5, 2008

Celebrity event to support children's advocacy center

--- Fundraiser set for Driehaus estate May 31

Abused and neglected children will soon have a one-stop advocacy center to help them and their families heal, thanks to a benefit hosted by the Walworth County Alliance for Children.

The Joy to the World benefit is planned for Saturday, May 31 from 5-9 p.m. on the Richard Driehaus estate in Lake Geneva.

Celebrity guest will be Deborah Axton, whose late husband Hoyt Axton wrote "Joy to the World," the 1971 hit by the Three Dog Night.

Axton is giving WCAC permission to use the music and lyrics from the song, made famous by the line, "Jeremiah was a bullfrog."

"I've searched for almost 10 years for a way to suitably honor my late husband and his work," Axton was quoted as saying in a news release.

"I found that opportunity by sharing his music to bring joy to 'all the boys and girls,'" she said.

"With this project, Hoyt's music will go out to the world in a way that will support true global change."

Evelyn Schultz, Victim Services representative of WCAC, said the center will ensure that children can most easily disclose abuse and heal so that residual pain and dysfunction are not passed on to the next generations.

"With the advent of this center, we will begin to move the world's focus from the damage of abuse to a place of healing and joy," she said.

Hoyt's Joy to the World wing is planned for the center, and will be dedicated to healing children through music, writing and art.

Joy to the World will be the highlight music of the evening, performed by the regionally acclaimed Delavan-Darien High School band and by 8-year-old guitar prodigy Tallan "T-man" Latz from Elkhorn.

This singer and blues guitarist has been performing since the age of 3 before small groups as well as crowds of thousands at benefits and festivals.

He has been featured on TV, radio and in newspapers and has an impressive list of endorsements, including Curt Mangan Strings, Laney Amps, Morley Guitar Pedals, Dean Guitars, E.A.R., Inc., Effect Pedal Boutique, E. Carl Guitars and Aquila Guitars.

Other highlights of this semi-formal evening will include:

--- A reading and author signings of the forthcoming WCAC edition of Laurie Tells, an award-winning book by New York Times bestselling children's writer Linda Lowery, who explains in this middle-grade fiction book how a child may disclose abuse to a safe person. The therapeutic book won the Association for the Care of Children's Health Fassler Award. It is available in local editions, personalized for school systems and social service organizations from: www.maxbooksonline.com.

--- A silent auction of donated items including wilderness weekends and a one-of-kind handmade quilt based on the art of local children

--- A three-course gourmet buffet meal

--- Fine wines and cocktails

--- Valet parking

Tickets are available for $130 per person or $225 per couple. Contact Evie Schultz at (262) 741-7198 or Gen Reed at (262) 723-4653.

Tax-deductible donations may be made to the WCAC Family Healing Center. All proceeds from the event will go to fund the Family Healing Center, which is due to open in 2009.

Weekend housing and tourist information may be obtained from the Lake Geneva Tourist Office at (262) 248-4416.

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