The CCFCA Breaking the Chain Outreach Ministry's Men and Women Empowerment Luncheon was held Saturday Feb. 20, at the Douglass Center  in Southern Pines.

There was participation by a panel of experts, who explored strategies to help end domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in communities and North Carolina.

This encourages CCFCA BTC  to continue Phase ll of its outreach in churches, with  educational institutions, social services department and others, educating and  ensuring victims to have confident and hope  that there is refuge, services and protection. Panelists included Marie Baker, Moore County deputy clerk; Pastor Patricia McMillian; Southern Pines Police Captain Charles Campbell; Moore County Director of Social Services Tammy Schenker; businessman Alex McAllister; Sandhills Community College educational navigator Marie Campbell; Tawanda Bennett, Aberdeen Mayor Robert Farrell; Dr. Kathy Cummings (keynote speaker); Overseer E.J. Riddick, pastor of New Beginnings Family Worship, Raleigh; Steve Bibey; Kym Nixon, CEO of Changing Destinies Ministry and Milton Ellerbe, of M.E. Greenhouse LLC, Southern Pines.

Phase ll of CCFCA Breaking the Chain Outreaching Ministry's next program will be CCFCA Breaking the Chain Annual Awards Presentation Men and Women Empowerment Dinner Fundraiser, Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Hampton Inn Suites Banquet Hall in Aberdeen, from 4 to 10 p.m. The keynote speaker for this event is expected to be the Rev. Dr. Bernice King, daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and special guest motivator, Denise Baskerville, Destiny's Secret Soul poet.

The program will award recipients who have made a positive impact on the quality of lives for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. The MLK Jr., Ronald Reagan and CCFCA Breaking the Chain awards will be presented to selected recipients. Formal attire is required. For businesses, there will be souvenir journal ads available. Tickets are $75 in advance, $85 at the door and will go on sale April 2.

For tickets or souvenir journal ads, call (910) 474-2589.

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