Family and Children’s Place hosted its eighth annual Building Brighter Futures Breakfast on the morning of November 2nd. A near-capacity crowd of approximately 600 people was present to hear about the prevalence of child abuse throughout the community as well as the agency’s mission to prevent and stop it. By the end of the hour long event, over $164,000 had been raised to support agency programming.
Guests enjoyed a complimentary breakfast while receiving a first hand look at Family and Children’s Place services. The program included remarks from the organization’s leadership, a video presentation and a keynote address from Imperium Health CEO Gary Thompson. Thompson, a long-time volunteer and advocate of Family and Children’s Place, opened up about the abuse he endured as a child.
“The pure, innocent, loving spirit of a child – a spirit that lives within every child,” Thompson said during his remarks. “That is what this conversation is really about.
We have the opportunity to preserve that spirit by preventing this kind of abuse. We have the ability to protect that spirit by stopping the abuse when it occurs. We have the ability to restore that spirit by helping these children recover.”
Wednesday morning’s event also included the unveiling of plans for the new Child Advocacy Center, set to break ground this winter. The center, to be located at the corner of 5th and Kentucky, will provide comprehensive services to child victims of sexual abuse and their families and will house offices for the Crimes Against Children Unit, Child Protective Services, Commonwealth Attorney and physicians.
“The turnout this year and the generosity of our guests truly is a testament to how vital these services are to Kentuckiana families,” Fox commented. “The new Child Advocacy Center is not a luxury, but rather a necessity that every community should have. We are not to the top of the mountain yet. There is still money to be raised to support more victims and their families.”