The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) recently demolished their cottage, an aged building in the rear of their Sarasota property, thanks to donated funds from Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Henry and Gwendolyn Hope Katz.
“We were excited to see the demolition of the cottage as it gives us a blank slate for our future,” said Doug Staley, the Executive Director of the nonprofit. “I believe that the demolition has given us a window to the future and the incredible impact we will have for the future of our children. A future where children are safe from abuse and free to thrive.”
The Katzes have an involved history of advocating for their communities. Dr. Kenneth Katz sits on the Energy Bank Board as Director of Finance and is also the founder and advisor to the Board of Directors for Forefront Dermatology, which has over 200 offices across 18 states. After being introduced to CPC, Gwen began serving on the committee for the organization’s annual gala, Blue Ties & Butterflies.
“Gwen and I feel very compassionate about helping the people with the greatest need,” Dr. Katz explained. “We have been fortunate in our life. We are honored to be able to give back to the community through great organizations like the CPC to help protect those in great need to find the safety and security in life that they are missing. Everyone should always feel and be safe in their lives, families, and homes. We hope that our contribution can help the CPC serve more people with the great work that they do.” By donating the price of the demolition, the Katz’s allowed CPC’s fundraising dollars to remain in its essential programs, serving the children and families who face the traumas of child abuse.
The Child Protection Center’s mission is the Prevention, Intervention, & Treatment of Child Abuse. CPC has been serving Sarasota & DeSoto Counties since 1980. In fiscal year 2020, CPC provided 66,698 services to individuals. For more information on CPC, visit www.cpcsarasota.org or call 941-365-1277.