Julie Valentine Center Hosts Seventh Annual Luncheon, Welcomes Renowned Speaker

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 19, 2017) The Julie Valentine Center, a nonprofit organization that provides free, confidential services to sexual assault and child abuse survivors and their families, will host its seventh annual luncheon at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14th at the TD Convention Center.

The 2017 keynote speaker will be Allison Black Cornelius, president of Blackfish Strategies. Cornelius is a survivor of sexual child abuse and has become one of the nation’s strongest advocates for sexual assault victims and community rights. In a landmark case that drew widespread attention from the national media, Cornelius put her rapist behind bars and spearheaded the passage of Megan’s Law, creating the country’s first Sex Offender Registry.

As president of Blackfish Strategies, Cornelius has carried the Olympic torch, trained more than 700 nonprofit boards and raised more than $30 million for charity through her public presentations. She advanced her studies at Harvard, and her speaking engagements have taken her to the Kennedy Center, professional sports teams, celebrity foundations, and the White House.

“Allison Black Cornelius is what the best of us aspire to be, but few have the grit to become,” said Shauna Galloway-Williams, executive director of the Julie Valentine Center. “She embodies the mission of the Julie Valentine Center to ensure that survivors are respected, valued and their voices are heard and I am honored that she will share her remarkable story at our annual luncheon.”

The 2017 Julie Valentine luncheon is presented by Silent Tears and Lisa and Bob Castellani. General admission tickets are $50 per person and reserved seating tables start at $500. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.julievalentinecenter.org.

About the Julie Valentine Center
The Julie Valentine Center (JVC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides free, confidential services to victims of sexual assault and child abuse. We are one of 14 rape crisis centers in South Carolina. We also educate the community on how to identify, respond to, and prevent sexual violence and child abuse. Our mission statement and philosophy provide the framework for all of our services. We at JVC advocate for and support survivors of sexual assault and child abuse. We ensure that survivors are respected, valued and their voices are heard. For more information, visit www.julievalentinecenter.org.

About Silent Tears
Silent Tears is a public-private partnership whose mission is to give a voice to child sexual abuse. It was launched in 2013 by Greenville residents and philanthropists, Lisa and Bob Castellani. For more information, visit www.silenttearssc.org.

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