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Sweet celebration: Divine Desserts event to raise funds for the Children’s Advocacy Center | Life

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Central Texas will host its annual Divine Desserts fundraiser at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic & Convention Center, 3303 N. Third St. in Temple.

This year’s festivities will be held under the theme of “sweet celebrations” as the nonprofit recognizes its past 25 years of hope, healing and justice for abused children in Bell, Coryell and Milam.

“It’s going to be amazing,” said Debra Longley, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Central Texas. “This will involve a fantastic dinner that we will have prepared by La Lunchonette, a dessert buffet, raffles and silent, live auctions.”

Longley highlighted how attendees will have the opportunity to bid on at least 115 different auction packages.

“We have a lot going on in our silent auction with jewelry, paintings, a grill and barbie baskets,” she said. “And our live auction (with Bill Hall Auctioneer) has some amazing stuff, too. We’re going to have an ultimate Top Gun fighter pilot experience, a Royal Caribbean cruise, and two guitars: one signed by Hank Williams Jr. and one another signed by the Eagles.

However, a comprehensive auction catalog that can be filtered by category can be accessed online at conta.cc/3IpE8Jb – a website where tickets, tables and sponsorships are also readily available for purchase.

Temple resident SueJung Smith is among those hoping to see a large crowd next weekend.

“I’m so excited to be one of the local bakers at this event,” she said in a Facebook post. “Tickets are still available if you wish to attend. You can support a good cause and have the opportunity to taste all the goodies these local bakers have to offer. Hope to see you all there.

Longley, who noted that Divine Desserts is the nonprofit’s biggest fundraising event, aims to sell 300 tickets for the upcoming event.

“But if more people signed up, we would bring tables for that,” she said. “The center is growing and expanding. We see over 800 children a year, so we just want the community to come out and support us and those children we see.