$1.5 million in gifts for Child Protection Training Center
Posted: October 22, 2012 at 3:03 p.m.
Gifts and a grant totaling more than $1.5 million were announced today for the Southern Region National Child Protection Training Center.
The money will go toward a $3 million capital campaign to renovate a former oncology building to house the center at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, according to a news release.
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (October 22, 2012) – The NorthWest Arkansas Community College Foundation announced today the awarding of a $1.3 million gift from Melba Shewmaker toward the renovation and furnishing of the Southern Region National Child Protection Training Center.
Other financial support announced today includes:
· A $100,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation.
· An additional gift of $25,000 from Mel and Vicki Redman that joins a $25,000 donation announced Feb. 24. The Redmans’ contributions, totaling $50,000, will support a study lounge within the center.
· A $30,000 gift from the Bogle family, on behalf of Bob and Marilyn Bogle.
· A $25,000 gift from John and Emily Douglas that will support one of the center’s forensic interview rooms.
· A $25,000 gift from Johnelle Hunt.
· A check for $401.61 presented by members of the First Lutheran School of Fort Smith’s Student Council. The sum was collected in a student-led fundraising initiative.
The donations will go toward the $3 million capital campaign needed to transform a former oncology building now owned by the NWACC Foundation into a state-of-the-art training facility that features a two-story mock home, mock courtrooms, child forensic interview rooms, a practice medical room and interactive video capabilities.
The financial support revealed today brings the total raised to approximately 75 percent of the philanthropic donations needed to complete the project. Approximately $800,000 is still needed to complete the renovation funding. The majority of that sum is for expenses associated with the center’s technology needs. Information technology needs are estimated to cost $500,000.
“We launched our capital campaign almost one year ago – October 19, 2011, and we are elated at the generous gifts and financial support we have received,” said Dr. Becky Paneitz, NWACC president. “We are particularly pleased to be able to announce the gift from Mrs. Shewmaker today. In recognition of this gift, we plan to recommend at the November Board of Trustees meeting that the center be named the Melba Shewmaker Southern Region National Child Protection Training Center. The center will be a lasting legacy that makes a real difference in the lives of children for generations to come.”
The Southern Region National Child Protection Training Center at NWACC began operations in 2010 and has delivered training to thousands of law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, social workers and others. Having the new state-of-the-art facility in place will enable the center to train current and future child protection professionals and equip them with the latest techniques in identifying and eliminating child abuse situations. The goal of the National Child Protection Training Center is to eradicate child abuse in the United States in three generations.
The largest gift was $1.3 million from Melba Shewmaker. The center will provide child-abuse prevention training to law enforcement officers, lawyers, social workers and others, according to the news release.