Legacy Ball A Night at the Oscars
By Carole Robinson, Staff Writer
Vanessa Boyer, Joseph Brandon, Catherine Johnson and Weezie Ward
Since 2000, the Child Advocacy Center has been working to eliminate child physical and sexual abuse in Williamson County and the 21st Judicial District. The annual Legacy Ball – A Night at the Oscars held Saturday, Feb. 23 was a fun-filled event that raises much-needed funds to serve victims of child sexual and physical abuse and their non-offending families.
Several years ago, Sindy Pollard and her family learned first hand how the Child Advocacy Center takes a fractured, injured family and helps it become whole again. It was when her then seven-year-old daughter came to her and said, “He touches me,” referring to a family member. The journey ahead proved difficult.
“Now I have two girls at the University of Tennessee and they are doing well,” she said. “This is a family who are survivors. Davis House Child Advocacy Center took a family that was fragile and broken and put us back together. Child abuse is not something that happens and goes away – you never get over it, but you can choose how it defines you. Davis House is a place where those affected can make the choice to be a survivor.”
The next event benefiting the Davis House – Songwriter’s Night at the Franklin Theatre – will take place May 1.
The Robinson Family accepts the Ronald L. Davis Award, the highest honor bestowed for exceptional and consistent service and dedication to the protection of children. Several years ago, one of the daughters became a victim of child sexual abuse by her gymnastics coach and the CAC helped the family heal and now the daughter is a healthy adult. The family has become one the CAC's biggest cheerleaders.
Interpretive Artist Heidi Schwartz paints the Legacy Ball as it occurs. The painting was put as one of the more that 25 items on the auction block during the Not-So-Silent Auction.
Sindy Pollard tells the story of how child abuse affected her family and how the Child Advocacy Center put her family back together.
CAC board chair Matt Robin, program director Amy Baynes and executive director Marcus Stamps present forensic interviewer Charlsi Legendre with a Five-Year Oscar. She has held about 1,500 child interviews during that time.
Posted on: 2/28/2013