Mark your calendars! The GreenHouse will be hosting Motor Mania 2008 on Saturday, September 27th at the North Georgia Fairgrounds from 10 AM until 4 PM. Tickets to the event cost $10.00.
What’s the GreenHouse, you ask?
The GreenHouse is a non-profit organization that provides a neutral, safe place where child victims of physical and sexual abuse in Whitfield and Murray Counties can be counseled, and also interviewed and videotaped to aid in criminal investigations. It’s a child-friendly refurbished house trimmed in green and decorated in a rain forest theme. It provides a safe, non-threatening atmosphere for the child and his/her family during the investigative process. Child victims are interviewed and videotaped by a trained child forensic interviewer. Therapy is often provided on-site to help the child victims begin the healing process. If referred for prosecution, a victim advocate and prosecutor introduce themselves to the child at the GreenHouse.
The GreenHouse is an extension of the Conasauga Circuit District Attorney’s Victim/Witness Assistance Program. It’s a full member of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia. The Center operates as an arm of the District Attorney’s office, which provides governmental financial support, but also with a separate 501c3 Board of Directors ("Friends of the GreenHouse, Inc.") which allows community, corporate, and individual support for service to child victims of abuse in the Whitfield and Murray County areas.
Donations to the GreenHouse are used not just for the day-to-day operation of the facility, but will also help with the construction of a new facility specifically designed to serve the needs of child victims with on-site counseling, play areas, and also medical facilities. Because the GreenHouse needs community support, the organization is hosting Motor Mania 2008. The GreenHouse’s Board of Directors chose to sponsor the event because they wanted to put together not just an event that would raise needed funds, but also create a family-oriented atmosphere that involves not just grown-ups but also children.
Motor Mania 2008 will feature plenty of activities for the whole family, outside of the main events of the car show, awards, and car corral. Local band the Brookwoods will provide live entertainment. The Dalton Police Department will be on hand with the Crime Scene Unit to set up a simulated crime scene that kids can see, and also the department’s Fatal Vision drunk-driving awareness simulator will be running. The Dalton Fire Department will perform vehicle extrication rescue demonstrations. The Georgia State Patrol’s SWAT team will also be performing a demonstration. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will also have their bomb squad available to show off some of their equipment. There will also be a Lowe’s Hero Children workshop, three large inflatable play areas, and plenty of other activities for children. And, there will be plenty of door prize giveaways. Windstream’s green truck will be one of the vehicles on display for the car show.
Stay tuned to the Dalton Police Blog for more information as the event draws near. If you’d like your organization to be a part of Motor Mania 2008, or you’d like to help with donations, contact the GreenHouse at 706-278-4769.