Philanthropy Notes

Dallasites have big appetites for advocacy when the cause is abused children

Dallasites have appetites for advocacy when cause is abused children

Melinda Knowles, Michelle Lacy, Ben Scott, Janie Condon, Nancy Sawicki, Appetite For Advocacy
Melina Knowles, Michelle Lacy, Ben Scott, Janie Condon, Nancy Sawicki Photo by Kristina Bowman
 Julie Durham Rado, Barbara Durham, Appetite for Advocacy
Julie Durham Rado, Barbara Durham Photo by Kristina Bowman
Bill Walsh & Ruth Altshuler, Appetite For Advocacy
Bill Walsh, Ruth Altshuler Photo by Kristina Bowman
Rachel Winner, Deanna Carrell, Kimberly Graft, Brooke Tinch, Appetite for Advocacy
Rachel Winner, Dreanna Carrell, Kimberly Graft, Brooke Tinch Photo by Kristina Bowman
Melinda Cheney Mathes, Katherine Mathes Bullock, Appetite for Advocacy
Melina Cheney Mathes, Katherine Mathes Bullock Photo by Kristina Bowman
Tracey Kozmetsky, Elise McVeigh, Michelle Brown, Appetite For Advocacy
Tracey Kozmetsky, Elisa McVeigh, Michelle Brown Photo by Kristina Bowman
Kara & Randall Goss, Appetite for Advocacy
Randall Goss, Kara Goss Photo by Kristina Bowman
Steve & Linda Ivy, Appetite for Advocacy
Steve Ivy, Linda Ivy Photo by Kristina Bowman
Rachel Trowbridge, Laura Siino, Appetite for Advocacy
Rachel Trowbridge, Laura Siino Photo by Kristina Bowman
Rebecca Marabito, Julian Leaver, Appetite for Advocacy
Rebecca Marabito, Julian Leaver Photo by Kristina Bowman
Christi Houser, Kersten Rettig, Appetite for Advocacy
Christi Houser, Kersten Rettig Photo by Kristina Bowman
Steve & Barbara Durham, Appetite For Advocacy
Steve Durham, Barbara Durham Photo by Kristina Bowman
Kevin Mulcahy
Kevin Mulcahy Photo by Kristina Bowman
Melinda Knowles, Michelle Lacy, Ben Scott, Janie Condon, Nancy Sawicki, Appetite For Advocacy
 Julie Durham Rado, Barbara Durham, Appetite for Advocacy
Bill Walsh & Ruth Altshuler, Appetite For Advocacy
Rachel Winner, Deanna Carrell, Kimberly Graft, Brooke Tinch, Appetite for Advocacy
Melinda Cheney Mathes, Katherine Mathes Bullock, Appetite for Advocacy
Tracey Kozmetsky, Elise McVeigh, Michelle Brown, Appetite For Advocacy
Kara & Randall Goss, Appetite for Advocacy
Steve & Linda Ivy, Appetite for Advocacy
Rachel Trowbridge, Laura Siino, Appetite for Advocacy
Rebecca Marabito, Julian Leaver, Appetite for Advocacy
Christi Houser, Kersten Rettig, Appetite for Advocacy
Steve & Barbara Durham, Appetite For Advocacy
Kevin Mulcahy

It takes a pretty special cause to inspire more than 1,000 people to disrupt their routines and attend a luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Dallas. But Appetite for Advocacy was an easy ask, because it highlights the importance of education and child abuse awareness in the community.

The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center uses this luncheon as a chance to recognize those who have made a significant impact on the lives of abused children in the community. Guests — including Kara and Randall Goss, Rachel Trowbridge, Laura Siino, Maggie Kipp, and Linda and Steve Ivy — were honored to be there when the awards were presented.

Eren Price, chief prosecutor for the child abuse division at the Dallas County district attorney’s office, received the Bill Walsh Award, which honors a professional who has shown commitment and dedication in the field of child abuse prevention, investigation, prosecution or healing. Price certainly earned her award for her tireless work on behalf of children in Dallas County.

Ronald C. Berg received the Ruth Sharp Altshuler Award posthumously, for his unwavering commitment to children in need. As the president of PlainsCapital Bank Turtle Creek, Berg acted as a champion for children in all that he did. Berg also served on the DCAC board of trustees and was the chairman of the board in 2012.

Event co-chairs Julie Durham Rado and Barbara Durham also were proud to welcome keynote speaker Kevin Mulcahy, an assistant U.S. Attorney living and working in Detroit. Mulcahy offered tangible lessons on how attendees could work together to protect kids and educate parents and professionals to serve victims.

“The reflection of your heart is shining a light for those kids who need it most,” said Mulcahy, who shared personal stories of his own journey to healing as a survivor of child abuse.

This powerful event, which raised $300,000, supports the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and its work to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County. DCAC provides national leadership on child abuse issues by offering an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse cases.