Local and state representatives, volunteers and others packed the Best Western Sheridan Center Friday morning to recognize one man's service to children in need and celebrate a month set a side for child advocacy.
It was the 4th annual Light of Hope Breakfast presented by Child Advocacy Services of the Big Horns, held to bestow Judge John Fenn with the 2012 Champion for Children Award.
The ceremony began as last year's Champion for Children, Department of Family Services supervisor Pam Emerson, spoke of Fenn as a “devoted family man; someone who puts an emphasis on children”. She said he “treats juvenile court as a team process”, and asks “how can we have a better impact on families so we can improve the lives of these kids?”
Fenn took to the podium next, humbly accepting his award. He says that working for children is the most rewarding part of what he does.
Former Governor Dave Freudenthal, who appointed Fenn to the bench five years ago, spoke next of the value of people like Fenn to the state of Wyoming.
Finally, Bobbi Barrasso, wife of Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and herself a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer, closed with her comments on the importance of volunteers. She says, with CASA, there's always a need for more help.
Children from the Martin Luther Grammar School Choir performed while attendees ate.
April is national child abuse awareness month.
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Child Advocacy Services of the Big Horns is a nonprofit that provides court advocacy and family visitation services to children, according to their brochure. Barrasso tells us more.
To learn more, and to find out how to donate visit their website. They have offices in Sheridan and Buffalo.