Monthly E-newsletter                                                            May 2015

As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest and support. Here's what's happening at PEI Kids...
Celebrating Our Success:
PEI Kids' 24th Annual Dinner & Auction

On Friday, April 17, PEI Kids hosted its 24th Annual Dinner & Auction at Greenacres Country Club in Lawrenceville. In celebration of the agency's 30th year of service, community members, business leaders, staff, volunteers, donors, and friends came out in support. Over 140 attendees enjoyed fine food, live music and bidding on auction items donated by local businesses. 

"I couldn't be more pleased with the result of this fundraiser," says PEI Kids Board Secretary and Event Committee Chair, Loni Hand. "Community support was overwhelming this year." With the support of nearly 30 sponsors, the event raised over $45,000 for PEI Kids' child abuse prevention and intervention programs for child victims and at-risk youth. 

"As our 30th anniversary celebration, this event was a wonderful opportunity to come together, celebrate our successes, and share in our vision for the future," says Executive Director, Roz Dashiell. The evening integrated memorable moments - including a special appeal from the agency's founding executive director, Evelyn Gill - with spontaneous ones, brought on by the friendly competition among live auction bidders.

Event sponsors included AAA Mid-Atlantic, The Bartlett Family Foundation, Bloomberg, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC and Nola R. Bencze, Esq., Capital Health, Customers Bank, Hill Wallack LLP, NJM Insurance Group, Phoenix Advisors LLC, PNC Bank, The Tuchman Foundation, and Ventura Wealth Management.

To learn how you can participate in PEI Kids' Annual Dinner & Auction next year, please contact Jesse Elliot at
PEI Kids' in the Community!

As a non-profit organization, it is our duty and our passion to engage with our community members and community partners. As part of our 30th anniversary initiatives, we are focused on expanding our community outreach, partnership and engagement. Here's what we've been up to so far.

In February, we participated in the Lawrence High School's Guidance Counselor Panel Discussion. Prevention Services Director, Melody Powell, educated participants about our prevention and intervention services. As a result, we received a student referral to our Crisis Intervention program. In March, we exhibited at Lawrence Township Community Foundation's Community Conversations event at the Clark Music Center in Lawrence, where our Crisis Intervention and Prevention program staff were on hand.

In April, we exhibited the 5th Annual Youth Summit at Shiloh Baptist Church to share information about our programs to youth in the community. Prevention Facilitator, Rebecca Thompson, presented a workshop, Internet Safety, on internet etiquette and how to avoid being a victim of cyber-bullying and inappropriate online behaviors. Facilitators also represented PEI Kids at Empowerment Day at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School and at NJ CAP's booth at the annual Earth Day celebration at Liberty State Park. On April 23rd, our Crisis staff attended the Crime Victims Resource Fair, sponsored by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office, to raise awareness about National Crime Victim's Rights Week. Dr. Juanita Johnson Brooks informed attendees about the intervention services PEI Kids provides to victims of child sexual abuse.

Additionally, our community partners at Womanspace gave a well-received presentation to the teens in our CJOOS program on gender boundaries and reducing violence against girls/women. Participants found the workshop very informative in helping them understand domestic violence and its effects on the victims and perpetrators. One of our most anticipated events was the annual Cherish the Children Awards Dinner held at Mercer Oaks on April 29th. Three tables filled with PEI Kids' staff and board members were on hand to support our own Melody Powell as she received the 2015 Professional Award for her prevention work in the community. It's been a busy spring. We look forward to seeing you out in the community in the months ahead.

Get Involved... Virtually!

Looking for a way to help out but you're not sure if you have the time? Well we have a solution! PEI Kids is seeking virtual volunteers to help with our Facebook posts by liking and sharing with your colleagues and friends. Simply invite your friends to like our page and share and like our posts and events. All the work can be done from the comfort of your own home on your free time. To learn more about being a virtual volunteer with PEI Kids, please contact JiJi Monosiet at
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PEI Kids is dedicated to promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children. PEI Kids works with the child, family, and caregiver to provide prevention, intervention and advocacy programs relating to personal safety, sexual abuse, and the overall well-being of the child.