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Diana Nyad captivates charitable Dallas crowd at Appetite for Advocacy luncheon

Diana Nyad captivates charitable Dallas crowd at Appetite for Advocacy

ynn M. Davis , Carole Murray, Diana Nyad, Scott Murray, appetite for advocacy
Lynn M. Davis, Carole Murray, Diana Nyad, Scott Murray Photos by Kristina Bowman
Holly Krug, Lindsay Jacaman, Appetite for Advocacy 2014 Co-Chairs
Holly Krug, Lindsay Jacaman Photos by Kristina Bowman
 Caroline Settle, Amber Dietrich, Laura hall, Emma Miller, appetite for advocacy 2014
Caroline Settle, Amber Dietrich, Laura Hall, Emma Miller Photos by Kristina Bowman
Lauren Hill, Kari Schlegel Kloewer, appetite for advocacy
Lauren Hill, Kari Schlegel Kloewer Photos by Kristina Bowman
Senator Royce West, Carol West, Appetite For Advocacy
Sen. Royce West, Carol West Photos by Kristina Bowman
Diana Nyad, Appetite For Advocacy
Diana Nyad addresses the crowd at the 2014 Appetite for Advocacy luncheon. Photos by Kristina Bowman
Mary Blake & Chuck Meadows, appetite for advocacy
Chuck Meadows, Mary Blake Photos by Kristina Bowman
Judee Barrett, Jenny Saphier, Chad Barrett, appetite for advocacy 2014
Judee Barrett, Jenny Saphier, Chad Barrett, Photos by Kristina Bowman
Jim & Leah Pasant, Carla & Rob Cline, appetite for advocacy
Jim Pasant, Leah Pasant, Carla Cline, Rob Cline Photos by Kristina Bowman
Kara & Randall Goss, Appetite For Advocacy
Kara Goss, Randall Goss Photos by Kristina Bowman
Maggie Cooke Kipp, D’Andra Simmons Lock, Appetite For Advocacy
Maggie Cooke Kipp, D'Andra Simmons Lock Photos by Kristina Bowman
ynn M. Davis , Carole Murray, Diana Nyad, Scott Murray, appetite for advocacy
Holly Krug, Lindsay Jacaman, Appetite for Advocacy 2014 Co-Chairs
 Caroline Settle, Amber Dietrich, Laura hall, Emma Miller, appetite for advocacy 2014
Lauren Hill, Kari Schlegel Kloewer, appetite for advocacy
Senator Royce West, Carol West, Appetite For Advocacy
Diana Nyad, Appetite For Advocacy
Mary Blake & Chuck Meadows, appetite for advocacy
Judee Barrett, Jenny Saphier, Chad Barrett, appetite for advocacy 2014
Jim & Leah Pasant, Carla & Rob Cline, appetite for advocacy
Kara & Randall Goss, Appetite For Advocacy
Maggie Cooke Kipp, D’Andra Simmons Lock, Appetite For Advocacy

Downtown was bustling with nearly 1,000 charitable Dallasites, who packed Olive Street on their way to the 2014 Appetite for Advocacy luncheon at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

Co-chairs Holly Krug and Lindsay Jacaman welcomed guests —including Maggie Cooke Kipp, Kara and Randall Goss, Lauren Hill, Kari Schlegel Kloewer, D’Andra Simmons Lock, and Carla and Rob Cline — who helped raise more than $300,000 for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.

 ​“You will always wear what happened to you on your soul,” Nyad said. “But don’t let it live on your skin.”

While attendees lunched, Texas State Sen. Royce West was called to the stage to receive the Lt. Bill Walsh Award for his dedication and commitment to the children of Dallas County. The Ruth Sharp Altshuler Award, named after the community leader and DCAC co-founder, was presented to Debbie and Ric Scripps for their unwavering commitment to children in need.

The real treat, however, was listening to guest speaker Diana Nyad, who talked about her path to healing as a survivor of child abuse. Nyad is an American athlete, journalist, motivational speaker and world record long-distance swimmer. In 2013, at the age of 64, she successfully fulfilled her life-long dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida.

“You will always wear what happened to you on your soul,” Nyad said. “But don’t let it live on your skin.”

You could hear a pin drop during her speech. All eyes and ears were on the captivating Nyad, whose powerful words were meant to remind us that what happens to us does not define us.

The only agency of its kind in Dallas County, DCAC provides a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse cases.