Every year at Honors Day, the Memphis Child Advocacy Center honors our heroes: our committed team members, dedicated volunteers, and community advocates who work to safeguard the most vulnerable kids in our community. Our 2017 Honors Day on September 29 was extra special: we marked the beginning of our 25th year of service at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center! Our guest speaker was Nancy Chandler, the first executive director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.
It all happened at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. To see more photos of the event, visit our Facebook page. To view a copy of the program, click here.
Awards. At Honors Day, we recognize the commitment of both our team and the community members who support our mission. The Shelby County Child Protection Investigation Team (CPIT) is headquartered at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. CPIT is 15 agencies strong and provides a coordinated team response to reported child sexual abuse and other severe abuse. There are also volunteers, donors, advocates, and organizations in the community that help our mission in a myriad of ways.
Here are this year’s award winners:
The James G. Hughes CPIT Excellence Award for Compassion honors a member of the Shelby County Child Protection Investigation Team (CPIT) who has demonstrated exceptional compassion to children and their families. Charlotte Jones, victim advocacy manager at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, is this year’s winner. Chadwick Lyons presented Ms. Jones with her award.
The James G. Hughes CPIT Excellence Award for Teamwork recognizes those whose performance demonstrates exceptional professionalism and team collaboration. This year’s award is shared by two people. Wendy Barringer, an investigator from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, and Sgt. Anthony Lee from the Memphis Police Department. Lt. Darlene Smith presented Sgt. Lee with his award. Ms. Kathy Perry from the Department of Children's Services presented Ms. Barringer with her award.
The James G. Hughes Community Advocate Award honors a community member whose efforts in Shelby County demonstrate commitment to the safety and well-being of children. This year’s Community Advocate Award goes to Dr. Altha Stewart. Dr. Stewart is associate professor of psychiatry at University of Tennessee and is a strong advocate for our community’s kids. She is pictured here (L) with Malrie Shelton (R) from UTHSC Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth. Ms. Shelton presented the award.
The Nediva Award honors a volunteer who has made invaluable contributions toward the center’s mission. This year, longtime Memphis CAC volunteer Deborah Northcross will be recognized with the Nediva Award. She's was helping the center even before we opened our doors in 1992--and she's still helping! Virginia Stallworth, the executive director of the Memphis CAC, presented Ms. Northcross with her award.
The late Dr. James G. Hughes was a pioneer in child abuse prevention and intervention. He founded Le Bonheur Children in Crisis, was a founding member of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center board of directors, and was a lifelong advocate for children.
There are many people to thank for this year's event. The Overton Quartet, from Overton High School, played beautifully. Our guest speaker, Nancy Chandler, talked about the early years of the Memphis CAC and the Shelby County Child Protection Investigation Team. She was helped by Dr. Bill Murphy, Deputy Chief Sharonda Hampton, Judge Bobby Carter, and long-time supporter Marilyn Paavola. The members of the planning committee, award nomination and selection committees, and other contributors are listed on the program. It was a great celebration of our team, our supporters, our community partners, and our proud history.