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.
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.