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Crisis center's education programs benefit from weekend auto show


If you got out to the annual Auto and Cycle Show this past weekend, you know that the money you spent while you were there is going to support the East Texas Crisis Center, an organization that helps women and children who are victims of family violence and sexual assault by giving them a safe place to recover and start over.

The center operates solely on grants and donations, and it's shows like this past weekend's Auto and Cycle Show that help support the individual programs -- like a children's reading lab -- that organizers say helps to transform the lives of the children and adults who come through the center.

"We wouldn't be able to do the depth of programs we provide without help from our community, so that's why the Auto and Cycle Show is so important," said Lana Peacock, Executive Director of the East Texas Crisis Center.

And that community includes local car enthusiasts who have sponsored this car show since 1991.

"We work not just this weekend but all year round to fundraise and to support and to raise money for the East Texas Crisis Center, because of how much we believe in its cause and what it does for this community," said Robert Owens, an event organizer.

The funds from the car show are used primarily for the center's education programs, which include reading, writing, and math labs for children.

"The children thrive. They love the personal attention they receive from staff and volunteers. They love it when they begin to excel. They love it when they finally get math, and the teachers make it so easy," Peacock said.

"It's a heartfelt thing that we do, that we can use our cars and our hobby and our love for these cars to help do some good," Owens said.

The Crisis Center usually earns somewhere in the neighborhood of $150,000 from the car show, but they need a lot more to cover their almost $2 million a year operating costs.

If you'd like to donate, you can visit their web site at to learn more.


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