Champions event proved a big success

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On Friday, April 20, Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County along with its community partners held a “Stand Up for Carroll County Kids” event on the courthouse lawn. That evening, more than 200 people gathered together for an evening of fun, entertainment, along with a serious message. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Our speaker for the evening, Leigh Ann Roberts, said it best when she stated that it should be Child Abuse Action Month.

Champions would like to thank all of the great community partners; without them, the event would not have been possible. First of all, thank you to Champions assistant coordinator Sheila Chowning, who worked tirelessly and diligently to plan and coordinate all the events. There was a great team around her that helped including Christel Lewellyn from Ghent, Misty Wheeler with the Lighthouse, Robin Huesman and Cydney Conley with Family Ties, Tracey Reynolds with the Youth Services Center, Maribeth Gosser with First National Bank, and Jahara Brown, a parent who has become very involved with Champions. These ladies jumped in and made things happen for the event. 

Champions would like to thank a very special group of people that worked very hard. Due to a sound problem with the song they were unable to perform but their hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed. They are our Junior Champions club at the Lighthouse. These young people are a group that we look forward to seeing every Monday and Thursday and their enthusiasm is contagious. Thank you Kayla Raisor, Kay Gaddis, Analeya Fields, Megan Higgs, Francis Gibbs, Trinity Hicks, Alexis Collier, Madison Schmitt, and Leif McKinney. 

We would also like to thank all of the community partners that helped in the event. Kroger placed a flyer for the event in every grocery bag for each customer during the week of the event. Thank you to Jailer Mike Humphrey and his staff for grilling and preparing all of the food for the event. A special thanks to Ronnie Knight and the crew from the city that helped hang banners, lights and met every need of the committee organizing the event. Thank you to Scotty Meadows for helping hang the banner at the courthouse and Carroll Yeager who saw a banner being put out at Kroger on a windy day and helped get it in the right position. Prior to the event, Hometown Pizza teamed up with us to host a Pizza for Prevention night in which 20 percent of all the sales were donated back to the Carroll County Kids project. At the event, we were able to give away some great door prizes that were donated by local businesses which included, McNeal’s, Carrollton Office Supply, Cornerstone Floral, Mane Studio, Kentucky Motors, Burger King, Earl Floyd Ford, Nu Wave Barber Shop, Welch’s Riverside Restaurant, Christel Lewellyn Tupperware, Craig’s Do-It Center, General Butler State Park, and Walmart. The donations of these great businesses made it possible for us to provide some great door prizes for the attendees.

We would like to extend a special thank you to the Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson for making a proclamation of Child Abuse Awareness Day at the event. Also, to the Carroll County Fiscal Court for their support of Champions and the war on drugs. Thank you for your support and efforts in our community.

Finally, we would like to thank each and every one who attended the event. Without you there, then none of this would be possible. Child abuse is a serious problem and each of us can do our part to stop the violence. Together, we are all Champions.

Matt Lipe