Our own local hometown heroes are supporting child abuse victims this spring through the Hometown Heroes Walk for Children including Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price and Project One Four Foundation, Troy and Donna Van Lier with Sudsy’s Car Wash, Junior League of Murfreesboro, Russ and Sherry Galloway and the Emergency Physicians of St. Thomas Rutherford, Franklin Synergy Bank, Middle Tennessee Electric Sharing Change, Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club, Ole South Properties, PATCO, St. Thomas Rutherford, and Bill and Lucy Whitesell.
The Child Advocacy Center will celebrate Child Abuse Awareness Month with the Hometown Heroes Walk for Children on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Murfreesboro Civic Plaza, downtown on the square. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m., speakers at 11:45 p.m., and the Walk will begin at 12 noon. The event will conclude with a reception at the Child Advocacy Center, located at 1040 Samsonite Blvd. New this year, there will be shuttles from the Child Advocacy Center to the Civic Plaza at 10:30, 10:45, 11:00, and11:15 a.m.
In 1983, Congress declared April to be National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since then, communities across our nation and here in Rutherford and Cannon Counties have taken this opportunity to raise community awareness about child abuse, child sexual abuse, and drug endangered children.
“The Child Advocacy Center is grateful to all of the Hometown Heroes businesses, civic groups, women’s groups, churches, and individuals that are partnering with us to support this event,” said Child Advocacy Center Director Sharon De Boer.
Other event partners include: Ascend Federal Credit Union, Bridgestone LaVergne Plant, Mayor Ernest and Peggy Burgess, Ferrous Processing & Trading Company, Ingram Content Group, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 429, Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Waldron Fann & Parsley, Sandra Benson, First Baptist Church, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Project Hometown Help, Elizabeth Renegar Parker, Mark and Liz Pendergrass, Rock Springs Family Chiropractic, Roscoe Brown, John Stracener, James Warner, Pastor Vincent and Stacy Windrow, Andy and Cherry Womack, Samuel and Darlene Baker, Anthony and Bettie Beckwith, Belle Aire Baptist Church, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of Smryna, H2O Hair Studio, Andrea Knox, Peddler Gifts and Interiors, Donald and Sharon Porterfield, Publix Super Markets, Marcia Richmond, Smith Designs, Nathan and Shannon Summar, William and Jackie Thomason, John and Linda Vile, James and Hanna Witherspoon.