Archive for Thursday, September 7, 2000

Dinner to support Douglas County agency

September 7, 2000

A Douglas County non-profit organization is looking for supplemental funding and one local woman is asking Eudora and Baldwin City for help.

The Douglas County Infant-Toddler Coordinating Council (ICC) will have a progressive dinner Sept. 10. The dinner, Around the Block for Kids Restaurant Tour, will be a fund-raising dinner stopping at four downtown Lawrence restaurants.

ICC provides screening and support services for Douglas County children, ages birth to three. Its purpose is to help children with developmental disabilities and their families find services to fit their needs. Services range from medical, nursing and nutrition and educational services.

Bickell Lund, Eudora, co-chaired ICC for the last three years. Though ICC receives funding from federal and state grants, she said the dinner is to helps the agency meet growing demands.

he purpose of this is to make sure we can keep serving the kids that wee serving,Lund said. t just making people aware that these services are available.
Lund said the biggest component of ICC is coordinating services for children. The agency helps make sure services are being done and to ensure none are duplicated. Monthly screenings are available for families wondering if children require these services.

e do offer them in Eudora and Baldwin,Lund said. t just depends on demand.
Lund said she hopes to see the two communities take part in this special event.

t going to help enrich the community and the kids around them,she said.

Dena Bracciano, ICC coordinator, said she hopes the dinner not only provides funds, but also raises awareness of available services.

ee tried to have some community screenings at Baldwin and Eudora but we never have a big turnout,Bracciano said. f anyone has any concerns with their child development in any area, we love to help them.
Services provided by ICC are free to families, including screenings. Above all, the goal is to provide services and to raise their availability.

e have over 50 agencies and providers on our council,Bracciano said. think the word is getting out slowly and surely, but short term the number of children has increased 10 to 15 percent every year for the past two years.
Tickets for the dinner are $50 each. Participants can dine at Teller, 746 Mass.; Milton, 920 Mass.; Shalor, 701 Mass.; and Paradise Cafe, 728 Mass. Parties can choose from a 4:30 or 5:30 p.m. seating time. Each restaurant is donating the food for the event.

e do have quite a few sold but we do have some spaces available,Bracciano said. nyone who interested can just give us a call.
Anyone wanting more information may call 832-5098, ext. 216, or visit the ICC office in the Lawrence High School Annex, 2017 La., office 177.

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