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Members of the Morehead Optimist Club, Mike Makin, Bill Redwine, Ron Fiel and Jim Fluty presented GCAC director Diane Rodgers and staff with a ceremonial check for $1,500.

Gateway Children’s Advocacy Center (GCAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in downtown Morehead.

The mission of GCAC is to coordinate services to sexually and physically abused children as well as human trafficking victims in the Gateway area in a safe and nurturing environment where trauma is lessened and healing is enhanced.

The center needs computer upgrades as the current systems are operating inefficiently and can’t be used for all the children, families and community partners as needed. The total of funds needed for upgrades is in excess of $11,000 for equipment and software.

The Center recently applied for and received a grant from Toyota in the amount of $5,000. Center Director Diane Rodgers submitted a funding request to the Morehead Optimist Club and was granted $1,500 to be applied to the necessary upgrades.

Club President Bill Redwine said, “This is exactly the type of project that Optimist International is looking for local clubs to fund.” He added, “Our primary mission is to support youth programs in our community and that includes more than just athletics and your typical school related projects.”

Other groups, businesses or individuals who would like to support this project financially should contact Rodgers at 780-7848.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with over 80,000 adult and youth members in almost 3,000 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the world. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Youth, in our Communities, and in Ourselves,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, please call (314) 371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.

For information about the Morehead Optimist Club, contact Redwine at 356-0666 or by email at moreheadoptimistclub@gmail.com.

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