The Third Annual Vines, Steins and Stills Auction for Child and Parent Services (CAPS) was held Friday (June 12) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame In Elkhart, Ind.
Along with a tasting of craft beer, wine and spirits, accompanied by fine food provided by the Matterhorn, the fundraiser also honored Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) with the “Friend of the Child Award” for its high philanthropic standards and community outreach.
Stacey Anderson, development director for CAPS, noted, “Lippert has made it a core value to better our community through volunteerism, philanthropic giving and leadership.” CAPS works to prevent child abuse and neglect in Elkhart County through seven different services that aim to help empower parents and families as well as keep children safe in our community.
Events like Vines, Steins and Stills offer a way to help support the ongoing budgetary needs of CAPS as it continues to spread its mission and serve over 5,000 individuals annually. The generosity of the community was felt deeply at the event, Anderson said, as almost a quarter of the annual CAPS operating budget was raised in a matter of hours.
“CAPS can’t thank the leaders of Elkhart County enough for this incredible show of support as we continue to fight towards the end of child abuse in Elkhart County,” stated Anderson. “Once again, LCI is a shining example of the generous support and leadership that Elkhart County needs for a bright and successful future. We are so lucky to have so many leaders like LCI in our community.”
Andy Murray, vice president of sales for LCI and current CAPS chairman, added, “With all the positive things happening in Elkhart County right now, its easy to overlook the fact that we had more than 5,000 cases of child abuse reported right here in our own back yard, in just this past year. That’s why seeing so many of the leaders in our community come out to support the amazing work being done by Caps is so inspiring. It just proves what so many have said before – that we are blessed to live in such a unique community that has maintained a clear perspective on what’s important. And its this support that allows Caps to forge ahead with the important work of creating brighter futures for our children.”