Hometown Heroes filled Murfreesboro Civic Plaza to support child abuse victims on Friday, April 26.
The Hometown Heroes Walk for Children concluded Child Abuse Prevention Month events and highlighted the important work that everyday heroes do to help child abuse and child sexual abuse victims.
“The Child Advocacy Center is grateful to all the Hometown Heroes on the Child Protective Investigative Team that make a difference every day in children’s lives,” said Child Advocacy Center director Sharon De Boer.
Over 300 people gathered at the Murfreesboro Civic Plaza with WKRN’s multimedia journalist CB Cotton emceeing the event.
Five Hometown Heroes were honored for their dedication to child abuse victims. Child Advocacy Center Board President Terry Fann and Director Sharon De Boer presented the awards. The 2019 Hometown Heroes Awards were presented to the Honorable Judge Donna Scott Davenport, Murfreesboro Police Department Detective Kelvin Jones, Department of Children’s Services Attorney Matthew Wright, District Attorney General Jennings H. Jones, and Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Lisa J. Marchesoni.
The two-mile walk concluded at the Child Advocacy Center with a reception, picnic lunch, and music courtesy of DJ “Rowdy” Yates. Local restaurants and community partners donated food including PATCO, Inc., Lewis Bakery, Department of Children’s Services, DoubleTree by Hilton, O’Charley’s, and the Child Advocacy Center board and staff.