Department of Children and Families
David E. Wilkins
April 17, 2012
Northwest Region Communications Director
Community Development Administrator
CHILD PROTECTION PROFESSIONALS
PANAMA CITY, FLA. – Country music stars Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw and David Lee Murphy on Sunday gave a private appreciation concert for more than 350 child welfare professionals and their families in conjunction with Child Abuse Prevention Month.
As the three singers stepped up to share the stage, each shared words of encouragement and support to the guests of honor – the men and women who work each day to protect children and ensure their safety and well-being. The audience - made up of Department of Children and Families child protective investigators, Children's Legal Services attorneys, law enforcement, judges, representatives from the State Attorney's Office, commissioners, Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center staff, and DCF “Partners for Promise” and their families - sang along to their songs and cheered back with gratitude.
"This month is a time for our community coming together to change the way we think about child abuse prevention and reflect on what we all can do year-round to ensure children are safe and to make a difference in a child's life," said Courtney Peel, DCF's Community Development Administrator and one of the event organizers. "I am so grateful to these singers and sponsors for lending their time and talents to recognize the daily heroic work of everyone involved in child abuse prevention and child protection."
The theme of the concert was "Putting Children First," boldly displayed on a banner surrounded by planters filled with blue and silver pinwheels symbolic of the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign. The Campaign is recognized across the country during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April as an opportunity to raise community awareness of child abuse. The pinwheel is reflective of the bright futures that all children deserve and serves as the symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention nationwide.
The concert, sponsored by Derwin White and GAC Contractors as well as other local businesses and community leaders, was a way for the singers, supporters and sponsors to thank those who protect children in this community.
(L to R): Country music singers David Lee Murphy, Sammy Kershaw,
Joe Diffie at the child abuse prevention concert.
The crowd of child protection professionals enjoying the appreciation concert.
Sammy Kershaw sings his Number 1 hit, "She Don't Know She's Beautiful,"
at the appreciation concert.