Central Virginia Children's Health Advocacy Group Hosts 9th Annual Imagine Awards
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - On Tuesday night, a central Virginia children's health advocacy group celebrated the people it serves for making strides in their communities. The Children's Health Improvement Program (CHIP) hosted its 9th annual Imagine Awards.
CHIP leaders announced the organization is being re-branded and will now go by Child Health Partnership. The advocacy group serves families in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Louisa for children and families with limited resources.
The Imagine Awards recognize families who have children with special health needs or families who have dealt with abuse and neglect.
Executive director John Nafziger says it’s about shining a light on the many obstacles they have faced. "There isn't another award in the community really directed to recognize good parenting and particularly with families that have a lot of struggles and a lot of challenges, these families have done really inspiring work."
The organization gets about 30% of its funding from private sources and relies on the community for everything else. Organizers say the ceremony is more about recognition and less about fundraising, but they're always looking for donations.