A basketball fundraiser recently generated more than $12,000 for Advocates for Children, a Columbus-based agency that speaks for the best interests of children in the child protection system.

Reams Asset Management organized the Reams Hoosier Classic, which brought together industry partners from across the country for a basketball game at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in April, which was Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Advocates for Children served 841 local victims of abuse and neglect last year, but another 305 children remain on the waiting list. Support from organizations, such as Reams, is important, said Rick Scalf, community outreach coordinator for Advocates for Children.

“Every day, seven cases of child abuse and neglect are confirmed in Indiana,” Scalf said. “There is enormous pressure being put on the child protection system, and far too often, important issues facing these children may be overlooked. That’s why it’s vital that every one of these children has an advocate to keep the child’s best interest front and center. We’re extremely grateful for partners like Reams who are helping us pursue our goal of providing an advocate for every child who needs one.”