Approximately 500 people turned out Saturday to support the Children’s Advocacy Center of Grayson County at the Cattleman’s Ball at the Texoma Event Center in Denison.

Event planners hoped to raise around $75,000 from the annual event.

CAC Executive Director Britney Martin said the goal is a little more than the event raised last year, but the board is hoping to increase the funds raised to help provide for the therapy dog the CAC expects to welcome in the fall.

Since the CAC is a nonprofit group, Martin said, the organization depends mostly on grants and donations to make its budget. That budget then goes to provide services for children who are abused in Grayson County. The services include therapy and forensic interviews, family advocates, and multidisciplinary teams, all aimed at helping the child and non-offending family members while investigating and prosecuting child abuse claims.

Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said Saturday night that not only does the CAC help his office put together stronger prosecutions, it also helps them weed out allegations that shouldn’t be prosecuted because the claims prove to be baseless.

Brown said his office is able to provide asset forfeiture money to victims of crime through the CAC and other charities that deal with those kinds of criminal justice related matters. Brown said Grayson County residents are fortunate that most of the major charities each have a signature event so people get to enjoy themselves while supporting good causes.

“I hope all of the charities get good support from the community,” Brown said. He said the CAC has certainly been blessed with community support.

CAC board member Scott Marr, who was the event chair for this year’s ball, said support for the event has been strong this year, including a sold-out crowd. He said the board starts working on the event early in the year.

“Basically what it takes is a lot of good board members,” Marr said when asked how it all comes together each year. “We have 20 board members who are responsible for different areas, and Britney Martin, who’s our director of the CAC, just helps everything stay together.”

He said the CAC has also been fortunate to have people who are willing to step up and provide funds for the program. He said all of the hard work is worth it when the CAC is able to help children in need.

Martin said it is important that someone provide services to abused children so they can work to put that abuse behind them and become happy, healthy, productive members of Grayson County and contribute to the community and their own families.