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Family & Children’s Place plans Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast

April 14, 2016

Kentucky attorney general, first lady to join Building Brighter Futures morning event

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 14, 2016) – Family & Children’s Place will host its annual Building Brighter Futures Child Prevention Breakfast Wednesday, April 20, at the Seelbach Hilton in downtown Louisville. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and First Lady Glenna Bevin have committed to attend the event.

The complimentary hot breakfast begins at 8 a.m. at the hotel, 500 S. 4th St. – registration begins at 7:30 a.m. – and is sponsored by LG&E, UK Healthcare, Deming Malone Livesay & Ostroff, Passport Health, UofL Pediatrics, Republic Bank, and the Humana Foundation.

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“We’re the leading agency in Louisville helping children and families who have been hurt by abuse,” said Pam Darnall, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Place. “Every year, we see nearly 5,000 children and families members who are somewhere along their journey from hurting to healing.

“These are important stories for people to hear and understand, and to hear that we provide solutions. Child violence and abuse is a heinous crime, but with help, support and the right partners, recovery is possible. We’re part of that recovery and need others to join us in that effort,” said Darnall.

Emcee for the Louisville breakfast is Lindsay Allen, an anchor for WDRB-TV. Beshear will discuss a series of statewide sexual abuse trainings he and Bevin announced in February, with the Jefferson County training planned for June 10, supported by the Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center, at the Louisville Scottish Rite, 200 E. Gray St.

Samantha Watson, a survivor of child abuse who benefited from services from Family & Children’s Place, will deliver the keynote.

The agency also will award gold medals to key partners during the breakfast, including the Mary Beth Doheny Volunteer Award to Nick Hettich, Joe Clay and Chris Bailey, founders of Louisville Mashed, a bourbon-themed event that attracted hundreds to learn more about the agency. Also being presented is the Partnership Award, which this year goes to Charter Communications, a 20-year partner that this year is also supporting the agency’s April pinwheels campaign, part of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

In addition to serving Louisville children and families, Family & Children’s Place also works in Indiana, in New Albany and Jeffersonville, providing trauma-informed, community based counseling and therapy as well as other services through the Indiana-based child advocacy center.

“We’ve been helping children and families in Louisville for more than 130 years, and more than 30 years in Indiana,” said Darnall. “None of our work would be possible without community and individual support. This breakfast is a way to say thank you, but also to remind people that while we’re making progress, there’s work that remains to be done.”

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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.