Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers Holds Trivia Night fundraiser

The champions of the Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers’ 12th annual Joy of Children Fundraiser trivia night are, from left, Dr. Betsy Mason, Dr. Rick Mason, Kristina Henry, Mike Henry, Ginny Biondi and Rich Biondi.

OXFORD — Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers’ 12th annual Joy of Children Fundraiser recently brought together its enthusiastic supporters, sponsors and site directors to the Tred Avon Yacht Club to celebrate the past year, to look forward to its 50th anniversary in 2020 and to test their skills in a game of trivia.

Executive Director Cristy Morrell welcomed the guests and highlighted various CACC achievements of the past year. These achievements included completion of the expansion of CACC’s White Marsh facility that now provides preschool education for 3- and 4-year-olds, in addition to its before- and after-care program for children ages 5 to 12.

Other noteworthy accomplishments included ongoing preparation for CACC’s School Age’s Site move to its new facility at Easton Elementary School, which is scheduled for this spring and the continued achievement of EXCELS Level 5 ranking for all five sites. This is the highest Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Childhood Development designation for preschool programs.

Auctioneer Ken Mann conducted the live auction that raised money for CACC’s tuition assistance fund, “Help a Child Grow.” Each year, Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers gives about $125,000 in tuition assistance to working families that struggle to afford to send their children to a childcare program, so they can work or continue their education.

Special “Fund-a-Need” bidding also raised additional funds for science, art, reading corners and play area furnishings, as well as classroom supplies, for the new CACC facility at Easton Elementary School.

A hotly contested trivia game capped the evening off as last year’s winners tried to hold onto their title and challengers tried to wrest that title from them.

Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers is a local nonprofit with a mission to provide quality, financially accessible childcare for children and their families in a nurturing, diverse, safe and enriching environment. CACC’s caring teachers provide engaging lessons in year-round educationally based preschool, kindergarten to fifth grade before- and after-school care, and summer camps.

To learn more about CACC or enroll your child in a program, call 410-822-8061 or visit www.cacckids.org.

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