Still time to help the Southwest Virginia Children’s Advocacy Center meet goal There are only a few short weeks remaining to help the Southwest Virginia Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) reach their goal of $25,000 to secure much needed funds for this region’s abused children. The Julie Christopher and Marge Connelly Foundation issued a $25,000 Challenge Grant to MEOC to support the valuable work of the Children’s Advocacy Center. This means if the community and MEOC can raise $25,000 in new funds, the Julie Christopher and Marge Connelly Foundation will contribute an additional $25,000 to the program. The Challenge Grant, which was given to MEOC in honor of the retirement of past MEOC Executive Director Marilyn Pace Maxwell, will conclude January 31, 2013. MEOC is pleased to announce that they have received generous donations from both Norton Community Hospital Auxiliary and Mountain View Regional Hospital Auxiliary. Additionally, the Wise County Board of Supervisors is willing to contribute up to $5,000 towards this Challenge Grant. Many community members, organizations and groups have contributed to this worthy cause, but the need still exists. With additional community support the remaining $10,000 can be raised to ensure that the Southwest Virginia Children’s Advocacy Center can secure these desperately needed funds. If you would like to support the Children’s Advocacy Center in this way, please make checks payable to MEOC and send to MEOC CAC, P.O. Box 888, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219. Please put “CAC Challenge Grant” on your check or envelope.