Jefferson County Sheriff’s Association gives to Garth House for tourney sponsorship

Kim Hanks (with check) stands with board members of the Garth House Golf Classic

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Association continued to show its support for the children of Southeast Texas on Tuesday, Jan. 27, by presenting a $5,000 check to buy a sponsorship in the Garth House’s 12th annual golf tournament. 

Officer William “Ike” Eichelberger, president of JCSA, presented the check to Forensic Interviewer and Program Developer Kim Hanks and thanked her and the Garth House for all they do to help youth in Jefferson County who may have been sexually or physically abused. The association’s annual Cops Helping Kids fundraiser and salt water fishing tournament held last summer raised the money needed for the sponsorship.

“When we first started this tournament five years ago, we only had 28 entries, and last year we had 238,” said Eichelberger. “Every bit of money we raise goes back to Jefferson County.”

The check will be used for direct services to the children, and non-offending family members who visit the Garth House.

“Because of this money, we are able to help so many children here in Southeast Texas and our endeavors here at the Garth House,” said Hanks. “Children who have been abused and are hurting are able to come here and get counseling and the help they need, and we appreciate what (the Sheriff’s Association) does so much.”

The Garth House’s golf classic “for the children” will be held March 30 at Brentwood Country Club and is the organization’s primary fundraiser to help keep the non-profit available to the children of Jefferson County.

The Garth House allows children to be interviewed by law enforcement officers in a location that is not intimidating to a young child.

“I’ve been in law enforcement for 25 years and I’ve seen what happens to children in Jefferson County,” said Eichelberger. “These people do a fantastic job with them, and the work they do not only helps solve so many criminal cases, but also allows the child to have a better chance at a life they deserve.”

For more information on the Garth House, call (409) 838-9084.

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