CELORON – Officials with the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel presented a $20,000 check to the Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County on Wednesday afternoon.
David Hart, President and CEO of Hart Hotels, presented the check to Lew Meckley, the Child Advocacy Board President, during a ceremony outside the harbor hotel.
The Child Advocacy Program (CAP) helps children and families suffering from physical and sexual abuse.
Meckley says the funding will be used to help offset costs that are not covered by traditional grants the program receives.
“Inevitably there are needs that people come to us with that don’t fit exactly into a grant line or a specific area like that, so this allows us to fill those gaps,” explained Meckley.
Meckley says CAP’s mission is to create a safe and engaged community to bring healing, hope, and justice to the children and families.
“As you can only imagine it’s really traumatic for the child and for the family, not only the abuse, but then sharing their story and moving through that process,” furthered Meckley.
The check presentation ceremony took place more than five months after the annual Fire & Ice Celebration where a percentage of funds from the event were donated to the non-profit organization.
Chautauqua Harbor Hotel is a 135-room luxury property on the shores of Lake Chautauqua in the Village of Celoron.