Join us to hear from Elizabeth Smart!
What is the Fall Luncheon?
The Fall Luncheon is an annual fundraising event typically held in September at which we bring in a
motivational, inspiring speaker to bring an encouraging message to the community. Please join us
Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Abilene Civic Center.
The Alliance for Women and Children is excited to announce abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart as the
2014 Fall Luncheon speaker. The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child
abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors had controlled her
by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned
Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003 after being held prisoner for 9 months.
Through this traumatic experience Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child
abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor
and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which lead to
Elizabeth is currently involved in the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, and she has helped promote The
National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help
prevent abductions. Elizabeth has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book,
My Story. In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create
a survivors guide, entitled – “You're Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” This
guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences to not give up
and to know that there is life after tragic events.
Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders
worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by "every day" people and the belief
that hope always exist to find every missing child. Elizabeth’s life now is a daily demonstration that it is
possible to overcome extreme adversity, by not allowing your past to dictate your life's future.
Proceeds from the Fall Luncheon benefit the programs of the Alliance for Women & Children including Alliance After School Care, A-Teens, and Women’s Health Awareness.
How can I participate in the Fall Luncheon?
The Alliance accepts sponsorships for the Fall Luncheon to underwrite the costs of the event. Information regarding sponsorships can be obtained by contacting Toni Brown, Executive Director at 325-677-5321.
Special Thanks to the 2013 Fall Luncheon Committee
Becky Frost, Chair