Empowering Children to Speak Up Against Abuse | Will Read & Sing for Food

Photo courtesy by: Jenna Quinn
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Photo courtesy by: Kelly Hall Buechlein Photography

With the intention of delivery a great show to benefit a significant organization, Will Read and Sing for Food, show director Scott Saalman, introduced a line up of musicians, story readers, and the keynote speaker Jenna Quinn.

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Photo courtesy by: Kelly Hall Buechlein Photography

On Tuesday night at KlubHaus 61, the line up of musicians preformed a rich variety of guitar cadence and voices that resonated through the crowd at times where the audience attentively clapped and sang along. Among the musicians was Jason Wilber, who sings and plays guitar for John Prine.

Also part of the show was singer-songwriter Andrea Wirth of Evansville, Daniel Market of Muscle Shoals, AL, writer Jon Webb, who is also the Metro Editor and Columnist for the Evansville Courier, and local talent,  Scott Saalman, Debbie Schuetter and Kyle Lueken.

With the  show on Tuesday Will Read and Sing for Food, has raised over 61-thousand dollars  for 24 local causes and charities since their shows began back in October 2011. Tuesday night’s show was successful to deliver over 14-hundred dollars from audience donations to benefit the non-profit organization the Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition that is located locally in Jasper. This center serves as a safe haven for children and families who are in need of a comfortable place to speak out on any harm they are experiencing from perpetrators. Tammy Lampert, the Regional Coordinator of  Dubois-Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition indicated that the organization reached out to Jenna Quinn to be the keynote speaker at the benefit event to speak on child abuse-prevention and awareness.

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Photo courtesy by: Kelly Hall Buechlein Photography

A Texan native, Jenna Quinn is a nationwide motivational speaker who is an advocate for child abuse prevention. At the benefit event Quinn speaks about her real-life experience of being a survivor of sexual abuse and the existence of Jenna’s Law that passed into action on August 2009 as the first Child Abuse Prevention Law in the U.S. to mandate K-12 to receive training for students, all school staff, and parents with child abuse prevention awareness. After the perpetrator from Quinn’s case was sentenced to 20 years in prison, her first interview was with Dallas News and she speaks on their mission statement of keeping her name out of the story.

 

During Quinn’s visit to Jasper she also engaged around 400 6th graders from 7 counties at the Cabby O’neil gymnasium and speaks about her experience and the purpose of conveying awareness.

 

Quinn declares the significance of seeking help as people deserve to be whole as empowering individuals and that it’s also crucial to get help from someone who will take action.

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Photo courtesy by: Jenna Quinn

 

To learn more about the non-profit organization the Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition email the Regional Coordinator, Tammy Lampert at swicacc@gmail.com

To learn more about Jenna Quinn or Jenna’s Law check her website at http://jennaquinn.org/

 

 

Will Read and Sing for Food will be having their next philanthropy event at the Tell City High School on Sunday, April 10th at 6pm CDT to benefit the Catholic Charities.

Visit willreadandsingforfood.com to check other events to support philanthropic initiatives.

 

*** To view the 18WJTS coverage on this story check the news cast 18WJTS News 4/7/16 on our Youtube page***

***(Jenna Quinn’s portrait and her school outreach pictures are courtesy of: Jenna Quinn)***

***( Professional pictures for the Will Read & Sing for Food event are courtesy of: Kelly Hall Buechlein Photography)***

 

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