More than 400 people came out for the 18th annual "Oysterfest" in downtown Knoxville Saturday to raise money for Childhelp Tennessee.
Together they raised more than $3,500 for the child advocacy center, which provides an important safety net for abused and neglected kids.
Pamela Dickey, director of Childhelp Tennessee, said one of their goals is to make the investigation process a bit easier for children.
"Before an advocacy center came in to being, kids had to go to the police station to give statements or a department of children service's office," explained Dickey. "This way, a child comes to one place, so they only have to tell their story once."
Childhelp Tennessee has served the community since 1995. Not only does it assist with investigations, but also places kids in foster homes, provides medical exams and therapy.