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July 10, 2014

Fostering children is community affair

NORMAN — Tables are still available for the Citizens Advisory Board of Cleveland County Child Welfare Unit annual Coaches Luncheon on July 30 featuring University of Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops.

Hosted by the CAB, local businesses and community members will gather from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Journey Church of Norman, 3801 Journey Parkway, to hear Stoops and his coaching staff talk about their plans for the upcoming season.

Proceeds from the luncheon support CAB programs to meet the needs of foster children yearround.

Developed in 1989, the initial goal of fulfilling Christmas wish lists soon expanded to other basic needs projects.

With volunteer-based support, the organization has implemented many programs, like the Special Needs program and Secret Santa. CAB has 20 volunteer board members.

“When we first started, we provided Christmas gifts for kids, but the needs have become a lot more basic and emergent,” said Tracy Curtis, CAB board member.

Curtis said children’s needs stretch beyond just CAB’s Christmas program, and events like the Coaches Luncheon provides another opportunity to raise awareness and money.

Local business owners and surrounding community members will be in attendance to support CAB.

Curtis said the purpose of the board is to provide support for the child welfare unit of DHS through academic sponsorships and daily necessities like clothing, food, beds and emotional support.

“We want to make sure that when a child is about to receive services from DHS, they have support all around them,” Curtis said.

Curtis said the luncheon also will feature a raffle and silent auction.

Tables can be purchased by calling Janet Richison at 818-7958. Full and half tables are still available.

“This is a big year for OU Sooner football, so we anticipate a sell-out crowd,” Curtis said.

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