Thursday, January 9, 2014

Join the Fight Luncheon with Darrell Hammond

Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and child abuse survivor Darrell Hammond will be the featured speaker at the second annual Join the Fight Luncheon benefiting the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County on Feb. 6 at the Embassy Suites in Frisco.
Join the Fight brings together business and community leaders to generate awareness about the Center’s mission to provide safety, healing and justice to children victimized by abuse in Collin County. The luncheon raises much needed funds to fight child abuse and to help abused and neglected children heal from their abuse.
“Darrell’s story will really resonate with luncheon attendees because it illustrates that child abuse happens not only in the darkest corners of our society but also in the most unexpected places to people we know and love,” Event Chair Carolyn Speese said. “None of us watching him portray Al Gore or Bill Clinton on Saturday Night Live would have imagined all that Darrell experienced, but the truth is that child abuse is much more common than any of us would like to believe.”
As the longest-tenured cast member of television’s best-loved comedy series, keynote speaker Darrell Hammond in 2011 revealed his abuse-laden past in his autobiography which details a childhood filled with traumatic physical abuse at the hands of his mother. His journey from victim to SNL cast member illustrates how one person climbed from the deepest despair to the very top of his profession.
“Nearly 1,100 children are confirmed victims of abuse or neglect each year in our community,” CACCC CEO Lynne McLean said. “This luncheon provides a chance for our generous business and community leaders to ‘join the fight’ against child abuse and give children in Collin County help and hope for the future.”
With support from the community, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County provides a child-friendly environment where children can safely tell their stories and begin healing from their abuse. The Center’s multi-disciplinary team approach encompasses all aspects of the child protection system including law enforcement, Child Protective Services, the forensic interview staff, therapists, nurse examiners and client services under one roof to minimize trauma to vulnerable child victims.
Individual luncheon tickets are $125. Sponsorships range from $1,200 to $20,000. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, visit or contact Special Events Manager Dana Bielamowicz at 972-633-6602 or at

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