Modern Woodmen back fundraisers

Published 3:03 pm Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Jana Zuelzke of Child Protect, left, accepts a check for $4,280 from Harold Jarman of Modern Woodmen of America on May 15.

April was a lucrative month for Child Protect in Clanton.

Two fundraisers and a contribution from Modern Woodmen of America helped the children’s advocacy center raise $4,028 for its facility’s equipment and services for victims of child abuse.

Modern Woodmen partnered with Child Protect to hold the first Butterfly Bridge Run, an open motorcycle ride, April 21 and vowed to match funds raised up to $2,500.

Since Child Protect raised $2,014, Modern Woodmen contributed another $2,014 for a total of $4,028.

“We’ve got several items that we’ll be able to purchase with those funds,” Jana Zuelzke of Child Protect said, noting that a paper shredder and fireproof file cabinet are at the top of the list. “We utilize a lot of equipment, so we need a new DVD burner, some books for therapy (and) a laminator. We’re very, very grateful for these funds.”

Part of Child Protect’s funds also came from Thorsby School’s “Helping Hands” project in which students in kindergarten through sixth grade, along with high school Beta Club members, sold handprints for $1 each.

The students raised $1,550 for Child Protect.

“That was phenomenal up there this year,” Zuelzke said. “Those kids are precious (with) sweet little giving hearts.”

Jana Zuelzke, left, of Child Protect Children’s Advocacy Center is shown with G.C. Bolton, owner of PawPaw and Nannys in Clanton, with a children’s playhouse Bolton is donating to Child Protect for a raffle fundraiser. Bolton is the local distributor of Graceland Portable Buildings, the company that constructed the playhouse.

Child Protect is currently selling raffle tickets for a wooden playhouse donated by G.C. Bolton of PawPaw and Nannys in Clanton, a local distributor of Graceland Portable Buildings.

The playhouse raffle will continue through August.