Thursday, April 19: April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. How unfortunate that a month is needed to remind people that the youngest and most vulnerable are being victimized. But luckily the small ones have very special organizations made up of compassionate advocates who stand shoulder-to-shoulder in protecting and healing these children. The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is one of those groups that constantly rises to the occasion with amazing results.
To help raise funds for child abuse victims, the 5th annual Appetite for Advocacy Luncheon will feature a child who should never have been been in such a situation — Elizabeth Smart. Despite living a rich and wonderful childhood with devoted parents, she was kidnapped and held captive at the age of 14 for nine months.
Elizabeth, who testified at her captors’ trials, “credits her family with providing the strong faith and foundation to see her through this devastating experience.” Joining her for the luncheon will be her father Ed Smart.
Another highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Ruth Sharp Altshuler Award to Mary Blake and Chuck Meadows and the Lt. Bill Walsh Award to Jamie Johnson of Child Protective Services.
Sponsors of the luncheon at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel include presenting sponsors The Boone Pickens Foundation and PlainsCapital Bank and award sponsor Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman LLP.
Father/daughter team John Crawford and Courtney Crawford Slater are co-chairing the event.
Suggestions: Get your tickets now because it will sell out quickly, and get to the lunch early because last year’s event had late arrivals parking a couple of blocks away.