Every year at Honors Day, the Memphis Child Advocacy Center honors our heroes: our committed team members, dedicated volunteers, and community advocates who work to safeguard the most vulnerable kids in our community. The 2019 Honors Day breakfast was Thursday, September 12 at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. Everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet breakfast and music by a string trio from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra before the program.
Jennifer Nichols, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, was the guest speaker. Survivor and inspirational speaker Amerah Shabazz Bridges closed the program.
The City of Memphis sponsored this year's Honors Day celebration.
Awards. At Honors Day, we recognize the commitment of both our team and the community members who support our mission. The Shelby County Child Protection Investigation Team (CPIT) is headquartered at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. CPIT is 15 agencies strong and provides a coordinated team response to reported child sexual abuse and other severe abuse. There are also volunteers, donors, advocates, and organizations in the community that help our mission in a myriad of ways.
The CPIT award honorees are nominated by CPIT members and are selected by committees made up of peers from multiple CPIT agencies.
2019 Honors Day Award Winners
The James G. Hughes CPIT Excellence Award for Compassion honors a member of the Shelby County Child Protection Investigation Team (CPIT) who has demonstrated exceptional compassion to children and their families. Eric Christensen, from the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, is this year’s winner.
The James G. Hughes CPIT Excellence Award for Teamwork recognizes those whose performance demonstrates exceptional professionalism and team collaboration. Lt. Marquis Collier, of the Memphis Police Department Sex Crimes/Juvenile Abuse Bureau, will be recognized for teamwork at this year’s Honors Day.
The James G. Hughes Community Advocate Award honors a community member whose efforts in Shelby County demonstrate commitment to the safety and well-being of children. This year’s Community Advocate Award goes to Porter-Leath.
The Nediva Award honors a volunteer who has made invaluable contributions toward the center’s mission. Nediva is a Hebrew name which means noble and generous. It is the origin of the word volunteer. This year, Ellen Isaacman Cox, owner of Good Advertising, will be recognized for her long-time support of our Works of Heart event and more.
The late Dr. James G. Hughes was a pioneer in child abuse prevention and intervention. He founded Le Bonheur Children in Crisis, was a founding member of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center board of directors, and was a lifelong advocate for children.
Special thanks to the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for providing music during our breakfast. We appreciate them taking time for us as they prepare for their 68th Season kick off with a night of Opera Classics on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Cannon Center.