The second annual Blue Jean Ball, held recently as a fundraiser for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeast Kansas, has been deemed a success!

The event, held on May 18 at the Carbon Creek Event Center, featured an entertaining evening, with Chris Kelly serving as Master of Ceremonies.

With an increase in tickets sales from last year, and with the support of exceptional event sponsors such as Farmers Insurance, Marrone’s Food Service, Dr. Cranston, and Watco, along with the generosity of numerous local businesses who donated services to be featured in our silent and live auctions and our caring community, the event raised nearly $30,000.

Several recognitions were made during the event, including the recipients of the 2018 Hero of the Year Award presented to Dick and Faith Coleman and the Miller Foundation; Volunteer of the Year - Paul Mendeke; Defender of the Year from Cherokee County - Amy Comer of the Kansas Department of Children and Family; Defender of the Year from Crawford County – Pittsburg Detective Rebekah Lynch.

As a non-profit organization, the Children’s Advocacy Center, which helps young victims of sexual and physical abuse, would not be able to keep its doors open and more importantly, would not be able to help children who are experiencing a horrific time in their lives, without the generosity and support from throughout our service areas of Cherokee and Crawford Counties. Anyone wishing to learn more about the important work done by the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeast Kansas, including ways to help support, can visit