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Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation recognized with Golden Lantern Society Award

Recently the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation was inducted into the Golden Lantern Society, which recognizes community members who have made extraordinary contributions to the Children's Center since its founding in 2002.

PHOTO COURTESY: NAIM HASAN - From left, Children's Center Board Director Marni Halter, CESF Vice President Jerry Kearney, Chief Fred Charlton and Children's Center Executive Director Tom Soma. Each year, the Children's Center Honors event raises funds for the nonprofit and spreads awareness in the field of child abuse intervention and prevention. The contributions support Children's Center efforts to spread awareness on child abuse and neglect, and provide medical examinations and forensic interviews.

Clackamas Fire Chief Fred Charlton and Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation Vice President Jerry Kearney attended the April 12 celebration in Wilsonville and accepted the award.

"Having the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation be honored with the Golden Lantern Society award demonstrates a partnership and commitment to improving the lives of children throughout our region. We are very excited to see lives being changed and the creation of a safer community," Charlton said.

"The Children's Center is deeply grateful for the generous, continued support of the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation — and we're delighted to welcome them as a new member of our Golden Lantern Society," said Children's Center Executive Director Tom Soma.

"We welcomed 22 inaugural members in 2017; this year we inducted seven more. Through their financial and in-kind contributions, these individuals and organizations have had a profound effect on the children and families served by the Children's Center. The Golden Lantern Society award itself alludes to the 'light' of their involvement — with the hope that, together, there will be an end to child abuse and neglect."

For more information or to learn ways that you can donate to the Children's Center, contact Ronecca Norvell, development and communications director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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