Dr. Sabbagh was a proud sponsor of this year’s CARE House annual Circle of Friends benefit. The event, now in its 17th year, is one of the most important fundraisers for the non-profit, which serves children and families of abuse in Oakland County.

“As an organization, CARE House strives to be a leading resource in the prevention of child abuse and neglect,” Carol Furlong, CARE House’s Executive Director said prior to the event. “The annual Circle of Friends benefit brings continued awareness to these issues and allows us the opportunity to bring attention to the needs of children within our communities that are defenseless.”

For years, the event has attracted prominent guest speakers from across the country who can personally relate to the CARE House mission. This year, Cheryl Burke an instructor on the hit ABC show “Dancing with Stars,” was gracious enough to share her story of overcoming childhood abuse.

Burke spoke about the abuse, and how through years of therapy she finally found the strength to follow her dream of dancing professionally.

“When challenges come your way, you can either choose to get better, or bitter,” she said. “I choose to get better.”

More about CARE House

CARE, which stands for the Child Abuse and Neglect Council, has been has been serving children and families since 1977 with its advocacy, community outreach, intervention, prevention and treatment services.

In 1989 CARE expanded beyond prevention services, becoming the only Child Advocacy Center in Oakland County to offer intervention and treatment services for children and their non-offending families.

The Council was the first of its kind to take a proactive approach to addressing and preventing abuse. With the help its generous donors and volunteers, CARE House hopes to continue to raise awareness and offer services to those in need which model its core belief:

It shouldn’t hurt to be a child.

To learn more about CARE House, or to donate, visit carehouse.org or contact them directly at 248-332-7173.

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