COLORADO SPRINGS – The Children’s Advocacy Center for El Paso and Teller Counties called “Safe Passage” is turning 25.
The center gives children a safe space to report abuse and connects different agencies to prosecute different cases.
Saturday night, they celebrated in a big way by honoring 25 people who have made a difference.
Since those folks are seen as superheroes to the community for giving their time to help children in need, it only made sense they be treated as such!
The theme of the night was superheroes, where those recognized got to don red capes.
And even those who didn’t still went dressed up as their favorite superhero.
About 300 people came out to show support for “Safe Passage” and those who have helped make it all possible.
“These are folks that, you know, through the long haul have really been there,” said Maureen Basenberg, the executive director for Safe Passage.
“We started as a pretty small agency back in 1994 and so those that have continued to show their belief and support were those that stood out.”
“I mean, I think of kids that look up to superheroes so if we can be mentors and good role models as superheroes, then I think it’s wonderful,” said Laura Muir Mellini, one of the 25 people recognized.
Our own Brie Groves emceed the celebration.
There were also several fundraising opportunities, including an auction for superhero-themed desserts and the sale of stuffed elephants.
The elephants represent child abuse as the “elephant in the room” and encourage people to have an open discussion about it.