Ben Zabin hosts magic show in support of Child Guidance Center

From January to March 2016, nearly 600 children received mental health support services from the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut (CGC). That is approximately 200 children a month. Yet, there are so many more youth struggling with mental illness, abuse, or trauma that are in desperate need of CGC’s help. That’s why CGC has partnered with Magician Ben Zabin to host “An Evening of iLLUSiON” this Friday, May 13, at Greenwich Country Day School’s Performing Arts Center, 401 Old Church Road, Greenwich. Doors open at 6:30 and show starts at 7.

CGC’s President and CEO, Dr. Eliot Brenner said, “the goal of this event is to entertain the families of our community, while also increasing awareness about the mental health needs of our youth. It is time for our community to come together to erase the stigma around mental health, and ensure that all children are receiving the mental health care that they need.”

Ben Zabin

Ben Zabin

Magician Ben Zabin will be taking the stage along with some of the tri-state area’s top illusionists in support of the CGC and Mental Health Awareness Month. Organizing a magic show to raise funds for CGC was an easy decision for Zabin to make. “Throughout my career, there have been so many people that have helped me along the way, so I decided to do this show in order to give back to the community that has been so amazing to me. My mother served on the CGC Board of Directors for many years, and I couldn’t think of a better organization to support,” Zabin said.

“We are incredibly grateful for this partnership with Ben,” said CGC’s Development Director, Jeannine Egdorf. “He has graciously agreed to donate 100% of the magic show’s proceeds to CGC, helping us provide much needed mental health services to the youth of our community.” To help illustrate how important the funds raised by this magic show are to the services CGC provides, consider that the sale of five general admission tickets will provide supplies for play and art therapy, while the sale of ten general admission tickets will cover the cost of travel for a CGC Crisis Clinician to go to a home, school, or other community location to prevent a child from harming them self or someone else. Every dollar raised will be directly invested into providing a child with the tools to live a better life.

Not only will this show be supporting and increasing awareness of the mental health needs of our youth, but it will truly be a remarkable experience for an entire family. Magician Ben Zabin said, “throughout the show, audiences will be treated to a rare, yet incredible blend of Las Vegas style illusion, mind reading, comedy, sleight of hand, and audience participation. Some of the tri-state area’s top magicians will be on the stage, bringing families in the community a show they’ll never forget.”

General admission tickets are $10, and VIP tickets are $25. To purchase tickets or for more information about Magician Ben Zabin, visit benzabin.com.

About the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut

CGC serves children, from birth to 18, in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan. CGC’s staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other clinicians work with nearly 3,000 children annually, providing culturally competent and sensitive care to families. The agency also provides preventative services to youth, parents and professionals through community education and consultation programs. If you would like to get help for a child or learn more about CGC’s mental health services, call CGC at 203-324-6127 or visit childguidancect.org. CGC is on social media at facebook.com/childguidnacect.org and twitter.com/cgcct.

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