COPE24’s mission to reduce the incidences of child abuse and neglect is achieved through such little things as a parenting skills program, a documentary video series, and books . The education these programs provide is essential to helping create healthier families. Providing these parenting and child development resources to all high school students is one way COPE24 aims to create those healthy families, and thus, healthier communities. COPE24’s 5th Annual Gala took place at River City Casino and as the only fundraising event of the year, was really important to raising much needed funds. Thankfully guests were in high spirits as they bought raffle tickets for a variety of items while listening to the sounds of the Hi-Pointe Soul Revue. After a performance by dancers from the Clark Academy of Irish Dance, there was dinner and a program, punctuated by music from the Soul Vision and the vocal talents of Morgan Taylor.