Elizabeth Smart To Speak Thursday In Birmingham

Elizabeth Smart To Speak Thursday In Birmingham: The young woman at the center of an infamous child abduction case — Elizabeth Smart — will tell her story Thursday in Birmingham to raise money for a nonprofit group that serves the needs of Oakland County’s abused and neglected children.

Smart, who was 14 when she was abducted in 2002 from her Salt Lake City, Utah, bedroom, will speak during the Oakland County CARE House’s annual Circle of Friends benefit, held this year at the Townsend Hotel. The event will benefit CARE House’s advocacy and child abuse prevention programs.

“Circle of Friends is more than just an annual benefit,” Cathy Weissenborn, CARE House’s interim executive director and Board of Trustees president, said in a press release. “It also brings a continued awareness to the needs of so many children in our community who cannot stand up for themselves.

“Elizabeth Smart survived a traumatic childhood experience and has gone on to lend her voice nationally,” Weissenborn said. “We can draw from her strength as we move forward as an organization in our fight to give every child a voice.” Continue Reading…

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