Thank you to all who attended our 5th annual fundraising luncheon to support child trauma therapy, advocacy, and community awareness for children who have experienced physical/sexual abuse. Because of supporters like you, the 5th Annual Heart of the Matter Luncheon successfully raised more than $30,500 in proceeds! These funds makes it possible for Carousel to continue its mission to provide a nationally accredited, child-friendly environment to meet the needs of abused and neglected children, and to support child abuse prevention efforts in Southeastern North Carolina.
At the luncheon, Madison Smith, a survivor of child sexual abuse at the hands of her father starting at the age of 6 (picture left), shared her story of years of sexual abuse at his hands. Then as an adult navigating the New Hanover County justice system, and painful family-estrangement. Due to her persistent efforts for justice, her father received a 5-year sentence for 10 years of sexual abuse. There was not one person in the room that was not touched by this powerful and emotional testimonial by a very brave and persistent woman.
At the luncheon the Carousel Center also recognized and honored 19 Community Professionals and Volunteers nominated for the annual Tin Man Awards for their incredible contributions of time and talent assisting child victims of abuse.
Two very special individuals were awarded the Tin Man Biggest Heart Award for 2019.