Golf tourney to benefit child-abuse prevention center

The Guardian Care Center assists children who may be victims of abuse.

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The Guardian Care Center is accepting registrations for a charity golf tournament at the end of April. The nonprofit child-abuse prevention center is holding the tournament to raise funds to cover operating expenses.

"We're hoping to get around 100 people for the tournament," said Bryan Clark, the center's director.

The four-person scramble event will be held at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino golf course near Pendleton.

The center works closely with Child Protective Services and law enforcement agencies in Umatilla County, conducting interviews and forensic or medical examinations of children who may be victims of abuse, according to Clark.

"We assist them as a neutral party," Clark said. "We see a pretty steady amount of kids that come through here."

Yearly totals often range between 170 and more than 200 children who need examinations or interviews each year.

"Over 90 percent of the cases we see are sexual abuse," Clark said. "As of late we've been very busy with cases out of Pendleton and Milton-Freewater."

The problems seem to go in cycles, according to Clark, and there is no clear pattern in caseloads from one city to another in Umatilla County.

Team registrations for the tournament should be in by April 20, and the cost per team is $240, or $60 per person. Funds raised during the event will be directed toward covering the cost of child assessments.

For more information, go to www.guardiancarecenter.org or call Clark at 541-276-6774.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at lukehegdal@wwub.com or 526-8326.

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