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Lt. Governor to speak at Children’s Advocacy Center breakfast

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Lt. Governor David Dewhurst will be this year’s keynote speaker at the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County’s 14th Annual Community Breakfast, “Picking Up the Pieces”, at the Hilton Garden Inn Lewisville Convention Center on Thursday, April 1st.

The Community Breakfast will kick off National Child Abuse Prevention Month and is one of the Children’s Advocacy Center’s annual fundraising events. 

Senator Jane Nelson will introduce the Lt. Governor and Senator Chris Harris will also speak at the event.  Over 300 people are expected to attend the breakfast and tickets are still available for $50.

“Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst has been a strong supporter of the Children’s Advocacy Center movement and has championed legislation to fight child sexual abuse,” said Dan Leal, CACDC Executive Director.  Just last year, Lt. Governor Dewhurst was honored by the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas with the state organization’s 2009 Legislative Award.

In 2007, the lieutenant governor led the effort to pass Texas’ version of Jessica’s Law, which is among the toughest child protection laws in the nation.  Lt. Governor Dewhurst also supported a successful effort in 2009 to increase funding by $4 million for Children’s Advocacy Centers across Texas. Last year, the 64 local advocacy centers around the state assisted nearly 40,000 children traumatized by child abuse and sexual assault.

“Our children are our most precious resource and I am committed to doing everything within my power as Lt. Governor to keep them safe from any kind of abuse.  Texas is fortunate to have quality Children’s Advocacy Centers such as in Denton County, to help children and stop perpetrators,” Lt. Governor Dewhurst said.

The Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County works with law enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, Child Protective Services, and medical professionals on the investigation and prosecution of severe child abuse cases in Denton County.  This United Way partner agency also provides free counseling to the children and their non-offending family members.  In 2009, the agency interviewed 671 children from Denton County and the surrounding area who were suspected of having been sexually abused.  The agency also provided 8,500 free counseling services to over 600 children and family members.

Individual tickets for the event are $50 and table sponsorships start at $500 for a table of eight.  Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased on-line at www.cacdc.org or by contacting Stacie Wainscott of the Children’s Advocacy Center at (972) 317-2818 ext. 244. 

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