An ancient Japanese legend promises a wish granted to anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes. The cranes are given as gifts for good luck, happiness, health and prosperity and are said to last 1,000 years. The Children's Center is using the crane as a symbol at their gala this year, representing their their work, granting wishes for children in need. 

The gala will be held Friday, June 14 from 6 p.m.–10 p.m. at Gallivan Center (239 S. Main Street). The evening includes an auction with proceeds going to the Center to provide comprehensive mental health care to young children and their families.

Tickets for the the gala are $150 per person. However, there are tables available for purchase as well. A table for eight is $1,500. The Friend Sponsorship Table ($2,500) includes sponsorship-level recognition at the event, recognition in the post-event newsletter, a listing in the dinner program and one table seating for eight. The Patron Sponsorship Table ($5,000) includes sponsorship recognition at the event, a pre-event reception to view auction items, a half-page message in the dinner program, recognition in the post-event newsletter and one table seating for eight.

More than 2,000 families visit the Center each year seeking help. The Center's team of trained psychiarists, psychologists, social workers and counselors work with families experiencing divorce, managing a household or managing aggressive children or children with disabilities disabled.

For info on sponsorship opportunities contact Courtney Garay at 801-578-2327 or For info on participating in this event as a committee member, an auction item donor or guest, contact Lisa Alleman at 801-578-2326 or


Leave a comment below with a favorite childhood memory by June 7, and you could win two tickets to attend the event and show your support for the work done at the Center.