Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County

The Mid-Month Memo

Vol. 3, Issue 3
October 17, 2013

Diana Schunn,
Executive Director

Board of Directors

Peggy Schwendeman - President
Community Volunteer

Steve Edgar - Vice President
Chief Executive Officer
Galichia Heart Hospital

Deb Cook, LBSW, Secretary
Partner, Bob Cook Homes

Vonda Wilson, CPA, Treasurer
Peterson, Peterson & Goss, LC

Marc Bennett
District Attorney
18th Judicial District, Sedgwick County

Scott Bixler, AIA
Senior VP of Development
Value Place Development, LLC

Marilyn Cook
Executive Director
COMCARE of Sedgwick County

Marty Gilchrist
Commercial Division Associate
J. P. Weigand and Sons, Inc.

Dan Hogan
Account Executive
Clear Channel Media + Entertainment

Katherine Melhorn, MD
KU School of Medicine - Wichita

SIster Janet Rowley
Chaplain, Via Christi Health

Michael Stover
Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

Primary Partner Agencies

COMCARE of Sedgwick County

Exploited and Missing Child Unit

KS Dept. for Children and Families
    Wichita Regional Office

KU School of Medicine - Wichita

Office of the District Attorney, 18th
    Judicial District,
    Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

Via Christi Health

Wesley Medical Center

Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center

Wichita Police Department

~ To lead our community in eliminating the
suffering of abused children. ~

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Home should be a safe haven, a place with caring and nurturing family members. But for too many, it is just the opposite. Instead of a place of support, it is a battleground where words and fists damage the physical and emotional health of family members.

Since we cannot always see the emotional, or even the physical scars, that domestic violence (DV) leaves on its victims, we can be lulled into a false assumption that domestic violence is not a problem in our community or even in our families. However, nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.

Abuse is NEVER okay! Now is the time to take action if you or someone you know is a victim of abuse in his or her home.

Do you know?...

  • One out of every four women will experience DV in her lifetime.

  • Witnessing violence between one's parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor for violent behavior in the next generation

  • Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own families when they become adults

  • 30%-60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or

Heroes Gala 2013

Please join us as we celebrate with Heroes, Humor and Hope! Saturday, November 9th at the Scottish Rite Center

Bonnie Bing, Freelance Writer and Community Volunteer will host and emcee the program. Nathan Ross, Director of Youth Programs, Midwest Foster Care & Adoption Association is our guest speaker. Some special Wichita community heroes of abused and neglected children are being honored. Enjoy the live and silent auctions! Sponsorships are available.

Contact Mary Starkey: 660-9494 or for info.

How You Can Help the CACSC
    - Ways to Make a Charitable Gift: #5

As a non-profit charitable organization, the CACSC depends on grants, government, foundation, corporate and individual support. Cash donations, multiple year pledges and gifts, appreciated stock or securities and donations of bonds or mutual funds are ways to give. A fifth way to help a charitable organization with its annual operations and capital projects is to donate real estate property. This type of gift is one of the most overlooked forms of charitable donation and includes houses, land, or other buildings. The donor receives a charitable tax deduction for the full fair-market value and the ability to eliminate capital gain taxes associated with a sale of the property.

Getting to Know the Members of our Board of Directors

Dan Hogan is an Account Executive with Clear Channel Media + Entertainment. He has prior advertising experience in television, radio, cable and at a local advertising agency. Before joining the CACSC Board, Dan participated on other boards, including those of the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, March of Dimes, Broadcast Media Professionals of Wichita (BMPW), Old Town Association, Wichita Blues Society and the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. He was voted Sales Manager of the Year by BMPW and twice voted top Account Executive by this regional group of media professionals. Excited about being able to serve on our board, Dan expresses appreciation for being a part of an organization whose primary goal is addressing the needs of abused children.

For Your Calendar

Nov. 6-8: 37th Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, Topeka, KS. To register, visit "Training" at:

Nov. 9: Heroes Gala 2013 at the Wichita Scottish Rite Center, 6:30 PM.

April 16-17, 2014: Crime Victims' Rights Conference, Capitol Plaza Hotel, Topeka

If you suspect child abuse or neglect call 911 or 1.800.922.5330

"The purpose of child advocacy centers is to provide a comprehensive, culturally competent,
multidisciplinary team response to reports of child abuse, in a dedicated, child-focused setting."

National Children's Alliance
Empowering Local Communities to Serve Child Victims of Abuse

Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County

130 S. Market, Ste. B183, Wichita, KS 67202-3850
Phone: 316-660-9494, or visit us online:

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