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Louisville Building Brighter Futures Breakfast draws hundreds

April 16, 2015

CharlosThanks to everyone who attended Thursday morning’s Family & Children’s Place Building Brighter Futures Breakfast at The Seelbach in downtown Louisville. And thanks for your commitment to help children and families heal from the trauma of violence, abuse and neglect.

More than 300 guests enjoyed a hot breakfast and learned about Family & Children’s Place and progress being made in the battle to end child abuse from Pam Darnall, agency president and CEO.

Darnall also shared information about April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, and events the agency has or will put on, including the April 1 Rally to End Child Abuse, at the Big Four Bridge; Saturday’s 5k walk/run, “Stomp the Silence: Taking steps toward healing,” 18 at Seneca Park; and the Family & Children’s Place “Run for Families” team for the upcoming KentDSC_3000ucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon.

She also mentioned the upcoming agency Golf Scramble, Friday, June 12, at Persimmon Ridge Golf Club, and invited audience members to sign up for the agency’s First Friday, a one-hour lunch and tour of the campus, including the Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center, a collaborative center for victims of child sexual abuse. First Fridays are held the first Friday of every month and people can sign up or get more information by emailing

The agency also awarded Gold Medals, including giving the family of Mary Beth Doheny the volunteer Gold Medal, and recognizing Barbara and Halsey Sanford for their compassionate philanthropy.

The Face It Movement Policy Committee, represented by Bill Smithwick and Randy Coe, received the advocacy Gold Medal, and partner Gold Medals went to the Crimes Against Children Unit of Louisville Metro Police, represented by Lt. Tom Dreher; the Division of Community Based Services, represented by Jackie Stamps; the Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, represented by Dr. Vindo Rao; and the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, represented by Christie Foster.

DSC_3071Charlos Thompson, a Kentucky State University professor, shared a very powerful and personal story of abuse and violence he suffered in his youth and his recovery with the help of Family & Children’s Place, and the group heard from F&CP Board Member Greg Hoover, who spoke about his own childhood, as an adopted son, and the love and support that carried him through all the change.

He also shared how people can get involved with and support the agency’s work to protect and heal Kentuckiana children and families, through generous giving, volunteering to help with an event, donating goods and services or sharing our success stories with others.

Thanks to everyone for helping Build Brighter Futures for children and families in the Greater Louisville Area.


For a photo gallery of the event, please click here.