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Children's Center Honors will debut on Thursday, April 6, at the World of Speed Museum

Oregon City-based Children's Center, the sole organization in Clackamas County providing comprehensive child-abuse assessment and intervention services, has announced the launch of a new signature event.

Children's Center Honors will debut on Thursday, April 6, at the World of Speed Museum, 27490 S.W. 95th Ave., Wilsonville.

In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, this new event will "unite caring professionals and community members throughout the region to celebrate the work of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the field of child abuse intervention and prevention."

MerrynBetween 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., guests will be treated to a live program emceed by Children's Center Executive Director Tom Soma. Speakers include award recipients Erin Merryn, child abuse prevention advocate and creator of Erin's Law (who will deliver the keynote address); William R. Swindells on behalf of the late Ann Swindells; and Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote, a member of the Children's Center Board. After Merryn introduced the legislation in her home state of Illinois, the bill to require that public schools implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program was named Erin's Law, and it has caught on nationwide.

"It is imperative that we continue to support, advocate and stand united for children and caregivers who are having to relive the trauma of abuse," Merryn said. "Children's Center is a place where children and families begin the healing process. I'm truly honored to accept this award, and to capitalize on the opportunity it affords to educate concerned adults on their role in preventing child abuse."

The World of Speed's exhibits will be open during the event that will convene in the Atomic Lounge at 6 p.m. for food, beverages and the opportunity to meet Merryn.

Sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000; individual tickets are $50. To sponsor or attend this event, contact Children's Center Development Manager Roxanne Myslewski at 503-655-7725 or by visiting childrenscenter.cc.

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