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Family & Children’s Place hosts Champions for Children fundraising breakfast

April 10, 2018

Family & Children’s Place will host its annual Champions for Children breakfast tomorrow (Wednesday,) April 11, at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville.

The event raises critical funds to support the 135-year-old agency’s work preventing, intervening, and healing trauma from child violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

Registration and coffee begin at 7:30 a.m., and the one-hour programs kicks off at 8 a.m., at the arts center at 1860 Mellwood Ave. Presenting sponsor is Delta Dental of Kentucky, and other sponsors include Brown-Forman Corp., Kosair Charities, Stockyards Bank, Passport Health Plan, Tri-Arrows Aluminum, Fifth Third Bank, Republic Bank, DMLO CPA, PNC Institutional Asset Management, and First Savings Bank.

“For 135 years Family & Children’s Place has been Championing Childhoods,” said Pam Darnall, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Place. “Life in 1883 was different.

“Horse and buggies still were the primary mode of transportation, America had just 39 states, electricity was still new to the city, and President Chester A. Arthur had just opened the world-acclaimed Southern Exposition, but the Charity Organization Society, our founding organization wax there, hard at work helping and protecting children and families.

“Fast forward 135 years and we’re still here, still committed to our core mission – to end child abuse,” Darnall said, noting the agency had helped more than 6,000 children and family members last year, and more than 200,000 since its 19th century founding.

Emcee for the breakfast is WDRB-TV anchor Lindsay Allen. Adrianne Morse, who previously used and benefited from the agency’s therapeutic services and who held her own fundraiser for the agency, a Mother and Son Dance, will provide the testimonial.

Dwight Maddox, a board member for the agency and for Kosair Charities will speak as well.

In addition to serving Louisville children and families for 135 years, Family & Children’s Place works in Indiana, in New Albany and Jeffersonville, providing trauma-informed, community based counseling, out of school programming, and services for children who allege sexual abuse through the Indiana-based child advocacy center.

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Family & Children’s Place works to protect Kentuckiana children, families and communities from abuse, neglect and exploitation and, through research-based, trauma-informed services, help them heal. The organization has supported families for more than 130 years and today serves approximately 5,000 children and families annually. For more information about Family and Children’s Place, visit or call 502-893-3900.