Maine Children's Trust to Honor Champions in Child Abuse Prevention

AUGUSTA - Four individuals, organizations and businesses will receive an award from the Maine Children's Trust for their efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect throughout Maine. The awards will be presented on October 27, 2016 at the Double Tree Hotel in South Portland from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is open to the public. This year will mark the 13th year of this award.

Honorees for 2016 include Marjorie Withers with the Caring Community Collaborative of Washington County, Renee Whitley with Franklin County’s Children’s Task Force, Franklin Savings Bank, and James Martin, Director, Office of Child & Family Services.

Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco will provide the keynote address. Blanco currently serves as the Education Ambassador for The Academy of American Poets, and was the fifth inaugural poet in US history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. He is the author of three poetry collections: Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; and two memoirs: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One
Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey. The University of Pittsburgh Press has published the commemorative chapbooks One Today, Boston Strong, and Matters of the Sea, the last of which Blanco read at the historic reopening of the US Embassy in Havana. In 2015, the inaugural poem One Today was released as a children’s book, in collaboration with the renowned illustrator, Dav Pilkey. Blanco’s books will be available for signing at this event.

The Maine Children's Trust is the statewide organization created by Maine statute to prevent the statewide abuse and neglect of Maine's children. The Trust works closely with Maine's county level Child Abuse Prevention Councils, and other state and community programs and professionals to support and deliver an array of programs and services which work to support families and prevent abuse from occurring in the first place.

Cost $50 per ticket – Dinner and entertainment provided.

Click here to register to attend the event.

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