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by The Family Place Press Release    Wed, Aug 25, 2010, 01:03 pm

Abuse Place.jpgAnnouncement Reception held at Medical City Children’s Hospital

Dallas, TX. - August 21, 2010 - The Family Place officially announced the business, woman and man who will receive the 2010 Trailblazer Awards.  The reception was held Tuesday evening August 17, 2010 at Medical City Children’s Hospital Dallas, TX, which hosted the event.  Devin Bruton, Director of Outreach for Medical City Children’s Hospital, welcomed the reception guests.

Paige Flink, Executive Director of The Family Place announced that Nancy Lieberman will receive The Texas Trailblazer Award.  The award recognizes a local woman who has accomplished a “first” and opened doors of opportunities for other women, despite obstacles. This fall, Nancy Lieberman, a Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the first woman to be head coach for an NBA or NBA D-League when she begins coaching the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks farm team.  She surprised Family Place supporters during the reception saying, “I would like to open the doors of my summer basketball camps to kids who are staying at The Family Place for free. From this point forward, every child who is living at The Family Place Safe Campus can learn leadership skills and gain the confidence that participating in this camp gives a young person.”


The Man of Influence Award, which recognizes a North Texan who is leading by example to make domestic violence a “community issue” rather than a “women’s issue”; goes to Charlie McKinney.  Charlie McKinney is the Chairman of the Heroes Foundation that gives impoverished children connections to a better life through educational, cultural and sporting opportunities.  Mr. McKinney said, “I appreciate the work of The Family Place.  I really like the innovation of the special school that will open up for youngsters in Kindergarten through the second grade on The Family Place campus so the children don’t have to leave the safety of the shelter facility.”


Stephanie Harvey, was at the reception to speak for Hitachi Consulting which will be honored with The Family Place Advocacy Award.  The award recognizes an organization that has played a vital role in the mission of The Family Place to stop the suffering of victims of family violence.  During the past four years, Hitachi has raised more than $300,000 through FORE! The Family Place Golf Tournament & Party that it spearheaded and organized.  “We want to do even more in 2011,” say Stephanie Harvey.  “Our goal is to raise $150,000 through the 2011 golf tournament in order to receive a matching grant for a total of $300,000.”


The Trailblazer Award recipients will be honored at a luncheon on Wednesday September 29, 2010 at 11:30am at the Brook Hollow Golf Club.  Nancy C. Rogers is the honorary chair. Joe Ehrmann of Coach for America is the guest speaker for the luncheon.  The former Baltimore Colts football player now specializes in empowering men and women to be their very best – personally, professionally and relationally, and will speak about preventing boys from becoming bullies and batterers.


For luncheon ticket and sponsorship information visit and click on special events or call 214.443.7766.


About The Family Place : For victims of family violence, The Family Place is the Dallas area’s leading organization delivering proven programs that address emotional and physical abuse and incest.  The Family Place provides free, comprehensive services that prevent violence and fully support women, children and men on their path from fear to safety.

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