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Athletes and Aces fundraiser yields $40,000

Professional athletes joined Child Abuse Prevention Center of Orange County at its annual Casino Night.

By Adam PringlePublished: January 15, 2009 11:47 AM

Some of sports’ biggest names came out in support of the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Orange County at its fourth annual Athletes and Aces Casino Night on Jan. 10 at Newport Lexus in Newport Beach.

More than $40,000 was raised for the Child Abuse Prevention Center by the 175 guests in attendance. The event was hosted by the Wives of Professional Athletes, an official support group of the Prevention Center.

Among the athletes involved in this year’s event were MLB’s Darin Erstad (whose wife, Jessica, established the Wives of Professional Athletes) and Adam Kennedy, the NHL’s Teemu Selanne and the NFL’s Christian Okoye.

“It’s wonderful to see so many people joining in the fight against child abuse,” says Scott Trotter, executive director of the Child Abuse Prevention Center. “The Prevention Center is honored to have such great athletes and their families join our mission and know that their efforts will go directly toward helping our children and families.”

The Child Abuse Prevention Center is dedicated to serving at-risk children and families with programs that break the generational cycle of child abuse and family violence. Since 1983, the Prevention Center has served more than 190,000 Orange County residents, including 15,000 children, 3,800 parents and 4,300 families in the last year alone.

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