Annual brunch focuses on problem of child abuse in Rowan County

  • Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013 12:31 a.m.
Matthew Marsh, right, receives the Kathleen Russo Friend of a Child Award, with congratulations from Larry Hess, right.
Matthew Marsh, right, receives the Kathleen Russo Friend of a Child Award, with congratulations from Larry Hess, right.

SALISBURY — The Terrie Hess House Children’s Advocacy Center placed the spotlight Friday on the problem of sexual abuse with its annual “Prevent Child Abuse Rowan Brunch.”

The brunch is the signature fund-raising event for the organization, which serves to minimize trauma to child victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending family members by providing a centralized, safe and child-focused environment from which investigative activities are conducted.

April is Prevent Child Abuse Month, and the turnout for the brunch, held from 10 a.m.-noon Friday was a success, according to organizers. The event was held at the Rowan Museum, and Ethos Southern Bistro catered the brunch spread.

Several influential members of the community were in attendance including state, county and city government officials; District Attorney Brandy Cook; and Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten.

Donna Fayko was the keynote speaker. Her topic was how families within Rowan County can be helped in preventing child abuse.

Awards were presented by Board President Tom Hess. Special recognition was given to Wallace and Graham, Wilco Hess, Lori Arntz, Fayko and Anna Chamberlain.

The President’s Award went to Karen Barbee. The Kathleen Russo Friend of a Child Award was given to Matthew Marsh.

Anna Chamberlain, a student at Graystone Day School, spoke about her creation of the ipromise bracelets that she is selling for Prevent Child Abuse Rowan. Arnold Chamberlain delivered the closing remarks.

“Prevent Child Abuse Rowan is very grateful for the support of Rowan County, and we are working hard to help the child victims,” Beth Moore, forensic investigator for the agency, said in a press release.

If you would like to make a donation, or purchase an iPromise bracelet for $5, contact Beth Moore at 704-639-1700.

Check out the organization’s website at Also, join Prevent Child Abuse Rowan from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Chick Fil-A in Salisbury for “Spirit Night,” when a portion of the proceeds go to support Prevent Child Abuse Rowan.

On May 2 at Team Chevrolet, Prevent Child Abuse Rowan will have its Bunco Tournament fundraiser from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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