The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 18, 2013

Corvettes of Enid donates to Child Advocacy Center

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Corvettes of Enid donated $4,500 to Garfield County Child Advocacy Center, the seventh year the club has made a contribution to the organization.

Club President Rick Wilson presented Garfield County Child Advocacy Center Board Chairman Steve Glasser with the check prior to a GCCAC meeting.

“We have a car show once a year where we raise money,” Wilson said, “and that’s our sole fundraiser.”

Glasser accepted the club’s donation.

“On behalf of the board, this is a wonderful check,” he said.

“Thank you guys for what you do,” Wilson said. “Give yourselves a hand for what you do.”

GCCAC, located at 10th and Broadway, aims to stop child abuse, neglect and exploitation, as well as strengthen the community by advocating for children through prevention, education and intervention, using a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, child friendly approach.

The center provides a place for children who have been abused to be interviewed. The center also placed under one roof those who will provide for the child’s immediate care and mental health procedures.

GCCAC also orchestrates the county’s Court Appointed Special Advocate program, which pairs an adult with a child to advocate for the child’s best interest for those involved in the child welfare system.

Steve Gabelsberg, a Corvettes of Enid club member and CASA, said the club supports a lot of charities with donations, but the Advocacy Center was the club’s main cause.

He and Ginny Wagner, the club secretary and also a CASA, were there for the donation.

“We’re both CASAs, and that makes it extra special for us,” he said.

Club treasurer Glenn Watson said the club was formed in October 1992 by a groups of people interested in the maintenance, preservation and restoration of America’s “only true two-seat sports car” and those who just want to have fun with their cars.

The 84-member group hosts the Corvette Expo the first Saturday of April each year, with proceeds benefiting local organizations.

In addition to the GCCAC, the group also makes donations to the CASA program, National Corvette Museum, Woodring Wall of Honor, YWCA Teen Christmas sponsors, YWCA Back a Youth, Shop with a Cop, Amtrykes, March of Dimes Bowling for Babies and Food Bank of Oklahoma.

“Anyone can join Corvettes of Enid,” Wilson said. “All you have to have is an interest in Corvettes and $25 in dues.”