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CARE House of Oakland County to host Dancing With The Stars' Cheryl Burke at Circle of Friends benefit

Location: Oakland County
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

CARE House of Oakland County, a nonprofit serving the needs of abused and neglected children, announces it will host Cheryl Burke, from the ABC hit, "Dancing With The Stars" during its annual Circle of Friends benefit luncheon Thursday, January 31, 2013 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. The luncheon will feature the two-time "Dancing With The Stars" champion telling her story of overcoming childhood abuse and learning how to use her passion to drive a message of hope for others. The event will benefit CARE House's advocacy and child abuse prevention programs.

"As an organization, CARE House strives to be a leading resource in the prevention of child abuse and neglect," said Carol Furlong, executive director. "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. Cheryl Burke's strength in telling her story lends a voice to our mission and helps move that mission forward for our organization."

Burke released her autobiography Dancing Lessons: How I Found Passion and Potential on the Dance Floor and in Life in 2011. In the memoir, she reveals that as a young child she was repeatedly molested by a family friend - and testified against him in court, helping send him to prison for nearly two decades.

"I passionately believe that every person has a right to a childhood free of abuse, fear and violence," explains Furlong. "More often than not, children suffer in secrecy. They are unnoticed and unprotected. CARE House provides a safe environment to disclose abuse, provides mental health therapy for survivors and spends thousands of hours annually, educating the community about this issue."

Circle of Friends registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at noon, and the program beginning shortly thereafter. (Name), will emcee the program. Proceeds from the luncheon event help in the continued effort to break the cycle of child abuse in Oakland County through CARE House's intervention and therapeutic services, advocacy and prevention programs.

CARE House supporters are also invited to join Burke at a private Preview Party & Strolling Supper to benefit CARE House prior to the luncheon, on the evening of Jan. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of Vicki and Tom Celani in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The Celanis are serving as Circle of Friends Preview Party Chairs.

The Circle of Friends luncheon event is generously underwritten by Mackinac Partners. Event Chair is Kathleen Hommel Trott of Birmingham

Ticket prices for the Circle of Friends benefit start at $95 and include lunch. Luncheon tables and ticket packages are also available for purchase. Admission for the private Preview Party is $150 per person. For detailed ticket information contact CARE House at (248) 332-7173 or visit carehouse.org.

About CARE House of Oakland County
CARE House was established in 1977 through a partnership of Oakland County's law enforcement agencies, the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office and Children's Protective Services. In 1989, its expanded role helped it become a Child Advocacy Center, now the only organization of its kind in the County. Members of the community who are interested in donating or learning more about CARE House can visit www.carehouse.org.

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