All of the chamber’s not-for-profit organizations were asked to submit a letter prior to the tournament stating their most immediate needs should they be chosen to share in a portion of the event’s proceeds. The golf committee selected two recipients: Citizens Against Domestic Violence and Kids’ Harbor.

The Lake West Chamber of Commerce held its 25th annual Golf Tournament on Sunday, June 11.

All of the chamber’s not-for-profit organizations were asked to submit a letter prior to the tournament stating their most immediate needs should they be chosen to share in a portion of the event’s proceeds. The golf committee selected two recipients: Citizens Against Domestic Violence and Kids’ Harbor.

Located in Camdenton, CADV/VOC assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with emergency shelter, counseling, court advocacy and other services to men, women and children in the tri-county area.

According to CADV director Sheree Keely, CADV will use the money to help clients who are starting over after leaving an abuser. Clients often need help obtaining birth certificates, identification, deposits for electricity, storage space, and have other expenses.

“It takes courage for our clients to escape a dangerous situation, but it takes resources and support to successfully begin again,” Keely said. “We see this when women and children come into the shelter, with only the clothes on their backs.”

Kids’ Harbor Child Advocacy Center is headquartered in Osage Beach with a second location in St. Robert. The organization provides a child-friendly environment for professionals to interview and examine a victim of abuse. Kids’ Harbor advocates on the child’s behalf, provides counseling, crisis intervention and other services.

Kids’ Harbor director Cara Gerdiman says they requested funding for the purchase of a lightweight cordless vacuum and artwork for the walls.

“With the addition of the new space in our building, many of our walls are still bare since we have not yet secured funding for artwork,” Gerdiman said. “We want children and their safe caregivers to feel safe and comfortable at Kids’ Harbor from the moment of their arrival and throughout the time they spend here.”

Each year Kids’ Harbor sees more than 600 children come through its doors for forensic interviews, medical exams, advocacy, and trauma informed mental health care.