Dragonfly House holding Bake-A-Difference contest on Nov. 16
Children who find themselves at the Dragonfly House often have nowhere else to go.
Established in 2010, the Dragonfly House offers mentally and physically abused children refuge, a place where they can go and find the resources to rebuild a shaken life. Working with local law enforcement and social services, the Dragonfly House provides services to hundreds of children every year.
"They have been a Godsend for us because it gives us another means to help a child who has been through a horrific act," Thomasville Police Chief Jeff Insley said. "It allows some option for the treatment to help deal with that issue."
Facing substantial cutbacks in federal funding, the Dragonfly House is embarking on its first ever fundraiser to make up the loss of key resources. The Dragonfly House on Nov. 16 will hold Bake-A-Difference, it's inaugural baking competition, at Twelve West Main, 12 W. Main St., from 1 to 3 p.m.
Bakers, caterers and chefs from across the Triad are invited to take part in a baking competition where the real winners will be those who attend. Contestants can compete in three categories — cakes and cupcakes, pies and tarts, cookies and other — where a panel of judges will select a winner from each. An overall winner also will be crowned. Guests in attendance may sample all of the items and select the "People's Choice" winner.
"This is very important for what we do," said Brandi Reagan, executive director of the Dragonfly House. "Our grant budget, which is 70 percent of our total overall budget, will be cut in half next year. Fundraising is going to be extremely key in what we do."
Judges for the competition include Veronica White from WXII, Chef Dion Sprenkle from Welcome, Robin Bradley from Forsyth Family Magazine and cooking segment hostess Jeannie Leonard of the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Davidson County. Winners of each category receive a feature article in December's issue of Forsyth Family Magazine with the overall winner earning a free ad space in the publication.
Since its inception, the Dragonfly House has assisted more than 900 abused children, including 183 from Davidson County last year alone. Children of abuse or suspected abuse come to Dragonfly and immediately are tried to be made comfortable. they are given a forensic interview to try and determine what kind of abuse may have occurred.
"We try to get an idea of what this child's environment is like," Reagan said. "After the interview, they have a medical exam which is a head-to-toe physical. It's a very specific exam based on the type of abuse that is suspected."
The refering law enforcement agency sets up appointments with the family and a caregiver works with the child to ensure access to any resources they may need, including therapy.
Registration for the competition ends on Oct. 16 and tickets are available now. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children between 5 and 12 and children under five get in free. For more information, visit thedragonflyhouse.com.
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.