PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) The Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center didn’t get to host its annual fundraiser Stars and Guitars, so two folks decided to take it upon themselves to host their own fundraiser in its place.
Over 150 boats attended the concert on the dock. (WJHG/WECP)
Joe and Kelly Littleton call it "Rock the Dock," and it's designed to help the center with match dollars.
“With Hurricane Michael and the coronavirus hitting, there are a lot of children who need help in our community. Some are unnoticed. Some are heartbreak stories. Abused children and the most vulnerable need our help,” said Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Board member, Joe Littleton.
With children out of school and unable to participate in everyday activities during the pandemic, Executive Director of Gulf Coast CAC Lori Allen said they are needed now more than ever.
“Cases that we are seeing are really the worst of the worst at this point. I feel like once children get back into the normal routine of things, obviously child abuse didn’t go away overnight. It’s just not being reported...For us we are very concerned about the limited visibility and isolation and increased risk and stress on families right now,” said Allen.
The Littletons, who own Lawnscapes, partnered with 16 other local businesses and musicians, Nathan Pennington, Anthony Peoples, and Will Thompson, to plan the event in hopes to help match the federal funds the CAC has received amidst the pandemic.
“It’s Memorial Day weekend. Everybody’s out on their boat and they can just come on out and listen to the music. We are going to give them ways that they can donate on their phones, and hopefully, we can raise some more funds for the CAC,” said Kelly Littleton.
The fundraiser drew in 150 boats full of people and raised over $33,000.
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