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Changing Children's Worlds in Geneva honors 4 who stand up for kids

Nonprofit hosts fundraising dinner to continue programs for families

GENEVA – The Changing Children’s Foundation will honor four people as Champions of Empathy awardees at its Stand Up for Kids – Be a Superhero Fundraiser April 21 at Mill Creek Golf Club in Blackberry Township, according to a news release.

The organization strives to strengthen the capacity of parents, caregivers and communities to care for children’s health and well-being while promoting peaceful families and thriving communities, the release stated.

Those to be recognized are:

• Jack King, director of student professional development for Northern Illinois University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, for his role in establishing a collaboration between Changing Children’s Worlds and NIU, the release stated.

• Patricia Tattersall, Ph. D., an associate professor at the NIU School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, in establishing a collaboration between her department and Changing Children’s Worlds. Tattersall brought the agency’s International Child/Parenting Development program to a DeKalb school district. The program offers caregivers and parents and children personal development and transformation through its guidelines shared over a 12- to 18-week period. Changing Children’s Worlds promotes this program through a series of community workshops and weekly learning groups, intended to reduce the incidence of intrafamily violence, maltreatment and neglect, the release stated.

• Caitlin Shields, a partner at a Denver law firm, provided free legal counsel for the last seven years to Changing Children’s Worlds.

• Loy Williams, of St. Charles, a licensed clinical social worker, who began to to facilitate an International Child/Parenting Development program at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, including a program for military families.

The fundraising dinner is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and Diane McFarlin to emcee the event.

Special guests Lark Cowart and hosts Don and Tory Haines will offer comments as well, the release stated.

The event also includes a silent auction and live jazz music will be performed by Accidentally On Purpose.

Tickets are still available online at by visiting

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