Tennessee's First Lady To Lead AndreaWalks Here April 16
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NASHVILLE – Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte has announced the dates for 13 AndreaWalks events in the months of March, April and May. Conte, a longtime advocate for victims’ rights issues, launched the AndreaWalks initiative in 2004 to promote National Child Abuse Prevention Month and provide support for Tennessee’s Child Advocacy Centers.

“Child Advocacy Centers provide comprehensive support programs for children who are the victims of sexual or severe physical abuse and their families,” Conte said. “These organizations work diligently every day on behalf of children, and these walks are something we can do to raise awareness and increase support for our Child Advocacy Centers across Tennessee.”

Conte made promoting and providing support for the Tennessee Child Advocacy Centers a priority when she became First Lady in 2003. One goal was to help establish a Child Advocacy Center in each of the 31 judicial districts across the state. In 2003, there were 25 Child Advocacy Centers in Tennessee. Today, there are 42 centers statewide.

Tennessee’s First Lady has worked to serve victims of crime and abuse for more than 17 years. In 1993, she founded You Have the Power…Know How to Use It, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about crime and justice issues. In 2008, Conte received national recognition for her outstanding service to crime victims when she received the National Crime Victim Service Award from U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

In the inaugural year of AndreaWalks, First Lady Conte walked more than 600 miles from Memphis to Bristol and raised approximately $1.4 million in cash and in-kind donations for these organizations.

This year there will be 13 AndreaWalks events held in March, April and May in Knox, Wilson, Putnam, Davidson, Cannon, Rutherford, Sullivan, Anderson, Scott, Sumner, Robertson, Lincoln and Fentress counties. Interested participants in these locations may contact their local Child Advocacy Center for more information or to register.

To learn more about the work of Child Advocacy Centers, visit www.tncac.org.

Knoxville – Knox County
Thursday, March 18
To benefit the ChildHelp USA Children’s Center of East Tennessee
9:00 A.M. EDT
For additional information, call (865) 637-1753

Lebanon – Wilson County
Friday, April 9
To benefit the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center
9:00 a.m. CDT
For additional information, call (615) 449-7975

Cookeville – Putnam County
Friday, April 9
To benefit the Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center
1:30 p.m. CDT
For additional information, call (931) 525-1080

Nashville – Davidson County
Saturday, April 10
To benefit the Nashville Children’s Alliance
9:00 a.m. CDT
For additional information, call (615) 327-9958

Woodbury – Cannon County
Friday, April 16
To benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Cannon County
9:00 a.m. CDT
For additional information, call (615) 867-9000

Murfreesboro – Rutherford County
Friday, April 16
To benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County
12:30 p.m. CDT
For additional information, call (615) 867-9000

Blountville – Sullivan County
Saturday, April 17
To benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Sullivan County
9:00 a.m. EDT
For additional information, call (423) 279-1222

Clinton – Anderson County
Thursday, April 22
To benefit the Clinch Valley Children’s Center
12:00 p.m. EDT
For additional information, call (865) 463-2740

Oneida – Scott County
Friday, April 23
To benefit the Children’s Center of the Cumberlands
9:00 a.m. EDT
For additional information, call (423) 569-8900

Gallatin – Sumner County
Tuesday, April 27
To benefit Ashley’s Place
10:00 a.m. CDT
For additional information, call (615) 451-2169

Springfield – Robertson County
Tuesday, April 27
To benefit the Robertson County Child Advocacy Center
1:30 p.m. CDT
For additional information, call (615) 384-5885

Fayetteville – Lincoln County
Thursday, April 29
To benefit Junior’s House
10:00 a.m. CDT
For additional information, call (931) 438-3233

Jamestown – Fentress County
Saturday, May 1
To benefit the Fentress County Children’s Center
9:00 a.m. CDT
For additional information, call (931) 879-7290
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