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Restaurant supports child abuse prevention

Restaurant supports child abuse prevention
: Magnolia Blue owners Carl and Anne Craig with their sons Jack (front) and Grayson celebrated success of fundraiser for Southwest Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center.

The Southwest Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center (SMCAC) has $4,000 more to spend to help childhood victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect thanks to barbeque and steak lovers in the area.


Brookhaven-based Magnolia Blues restaurant sent on the money they spent on meals and beverages while being entertained by pianist-singer Blake Scafidel between 3 p.m. and closing on April 30 to the non-profit agency in its annual Child Abuse Prevention Month Smokin’ Out Child Abuse fundraiser.


Since Magnolia Blues started the event, its owners, Carl and Anne Craig, say it has contributed some $35,000 to SMAC that its patrons have spent over seven years at their Brookhaven location.  Anne Craig is also a licensed therapist who works for SMCAC.


SMCAC’s program in Lincoln, Copiah, Pike, Amite and Walthall Counties includes forensic interviews, therapy for victims and their families, advocacy services and public education.  Craig and other therapists at the agency work with law enforcement, the Department of Child Protective Services, prosecutors and attorneys to assure that children who need SMCAC assistance don’t fall through the cracks.


“We thank everyone who came out in support of our benefit for the Southwest MS Children’s Advocacy center,” says Carl Craig.  “Thank you Brookhaven/McComb and the surrounding area.  As always, without you, none of this would be possible. You are appreciated.”


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