‘Jazz on the Rock’ fund-raiser June 25 at Paragon

Fifth annual fund-raiser to support Pregnancy and Early Parent Counseling program

The Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois will again be hosting the “Jazz on the Rock” benefit dinner Friday, June 25. The fifth annual fund-raiser will be held “a block off the Rock” at Paragon On State, 205 W. State St. Dinner is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., with entertainment provided by the Chicago Blues Group, and Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames.

Rockford Police Chief Steve Pugh will serve as master of ceremonies. A silent auction will also take place. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of items including a PT Cruiser convertible from Jack Wolf Chrysler Jeep. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased by calling CHASI at 962-1043.

Peggy Franklin, Adoption, Licensing & Pregnancy Counseling Supervisor at CHASI, explained that the money raised will be used to support the Pregnancy and Early Parent Counseling program. PEPC’s official mission is “to help individuals and families maintain their highest level of functioning within their community through direct intervention and case management.

“PEPC offers counseling, health promotion, life skills training, mental health education, employment counseling, transportation services, financial management skill building, and other services needed to promote optimal, social, psychological, and physical development and functioning.”

“In a nutshell, it’s free counseling,” Franklin said. Franklin added that the Rockford CHASI office, located at 910 2nd Ave., serves families who have unplanned pregnancies or children younger than the age of 5.

“We serve 10 counties in northern Illinois,” she said. The list consists of Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside, Carroll, DeKalb and McHenry.

Specifically, PEPC works with biological parents of children who are currently in foster care to prepare them for their children’s return. The main goal is to prevent neglect or abuse and promote a safe and healthy environment for these children. To learn more about the Children’s Home & Aid Society, visit www.chasi.org.

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