2021 Every Child Matters Banquet
We are pleased to announce ticket sales for the Every Child Matters Fundraising Banquet have begun. After cancelling the dinner due to COVID-19 in 2020, we’re excited to bring the dinner back to connect with the community, celebrate their story, and dream about creating places where every child can be safe, healthy and strong. The dinner will take place on September 28, 2021.
The featured speaker of the evening is Dominic Carter, political commentator, author and survivor. Mr. Carter believed his life-long secrets were so horrendous and embarrassing that he would take them to his grave, vowing to never reveal them. He grew up in poverty in the notorious South Bronx housing projects. His grandfather was a heroin addict and his mother was diagnosed “Chronic Paranoid Schizophrenic.” She physically and sexually abused Dominic. Mr. Carter was placed in foster care until he was moved into his grandmother’s home, a safe space away from the abuse that plagued his childhood. Carter released a book on his life titled No Momma’s Boy. In the book, he chronicles his triumphant struggle to overcome his mother’s mental illness and the lasting effects of being a victim of childhood sexual abuse. His story has also been told in Oprah Winfrey’s Magazine. Although his upbringing was the flip side of the American dream, he went on to be the first in his family to attend college. Dominic Carter has been described as one of the best political commentators in New York today and has been a fixture in the industry for the last 35 years. He is currently an on-air host at WABC Radio in New York.
The evening begins at Tony’s Pizza Events Center with a social hour from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm and CAPS Executive Director, Lori Blake, will share an agency update before Mr. Carter speaks. Tickets are $50 per person or $350 for a table of 8. Tickets may be purchased at https://ECM.givesmart.com, or by calling the CAPS office at (785) 825-4493. RSVPs must be received before September 17, 2021. City/County guidelines and Tony’s Pizza Events Center protocols for COVID-19 mitigations will be followed.