According to Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center President/CEO Lynn Davis,
On Friday, March 27, over 700 people were to support Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center at our 13th annual Appetite for Advocacy luncheon co-chaired by Debbie Scripps and her daughters-in-law Jennifer Scripps and Nancy Scripps. We also honor those who have made a significant impact on the lives of abused children with the Lt. Bill Walsh Award and the Ruth Sharp Altshuler Award. This year’s recipients are Suellen Flores, with the Department of Family and Protective Services and the Junior League of Dallas. You can watch the incredible stories of our very own hometown heroes online.
DCAC coordinates the investigation, prosecution and healing services for the most severe cases of child abuse in Dallas County – those that rise to the level of criminal offense. Last year we served over 7,300 children and their non-offending family members with wrap-around services such as forensic interviews, case coordination and evidenced-based therapy and healing services.
Appetite for Advocacy raises funds for the life-changing work that happens at DCAC and we are grateful to our sponsors and donors who graciously offered their support as a direct donation. But, yes, there is still a shortfall to our revenue goal, and we are asking the community to give or increase their giving to support our critical work.
Each day our staff leave their families to respond to another’s family crisis. During this pandemic, or any other crisis, that will not change. We are still operating and fulfilling our mission. The work we do at DCAC is hard, especially given the volume and severity of child abuse cases we see, but it is necessary and lifesaving.
The past few weeks we have seen our community, civic leaders, local foundations and more do whatever it takes to keep us safe. We are so grateful to work in a community as supportive as North Texas.
* Photo provided by Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center