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Former Miss America to Deliver Keynote at Family & Children’s Place Breakfast

November 1, 2014

Family & Children’s Place Building Brighter Futures Breakfast will take place from 8-9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Seelbach Hotel in downtown Louisville. Registration for the breakfast, which benefits the agency’s work with abused children and families, begins at 7:30 a.m.

This year’s keynote will be delivered by former Miss America and incest survivor Marilyn Van Derbur, who has been the television spokeswoman for AT&T, hosted The Bell Telephone Hour, 10 shows of Candid Camera, The Cotton Bowl Parade, Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the opening of The World’s Fair.

In addition, she was the television host for The Miss America Pageant for five years. During the past 20 years, Van Derbur has spoken in more than 500 cities. She has testified before two Congressional subcommittees on family violence.

“We are honored to have Marilyn and applaud her bravery in sharing her story with the world”, said Dan Fox, president of F&CP. “Stories like Marilyn’s are a perfect example of why we need F&CP. We want to raise awareness to prevent incidents like hers from ever occurring. It takes an entire community to raise a child. The same is needed to ensure their safety, health and happiness.”

Last year’s near-capacity crowd of approximately 600 people raised more than $164,000 to support Family & Children’s Place programming.

Annually, Family & Children’s Place serves approximately 6,500 children and families throughout Kentuckiana. The agency’s mission is to strengthen the community through healing the trauma of abuse, violence and neglect and promoting safe, healthy and stable families through research-based services. For more information about Family & Children’s Place, visit or call 502.893.3900