Monique Burr Foundation to host Champions for Child Safety luncheon


Child safety initiatives will be highlighted at the Champions for Child Safety Luncheon, to be held Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the University of North Florida.

Sponsored by the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, the event aims to raise child safety prevention issues awareness and recognize community members working to prevent child abuse and bullying. Featured keynote speaker will be Erin Merryn, a national advocate and child sexual abuse survivor. The author of three books, Merryn’s advocacy has led to a version of Erin’s Law being passed in 28 states and another 18 states are considering a proposed law.

Several key supporters will receive the Champions for Child Safety Award for work to prevent child abuse and bullying. In addition to Merryn, awardees will include Florida State Sen. Rob Bradley, Florida State Sen. Aaron Bean and 11 school facilitators from throughout Florida who have implemented the MBF Child Safety Matters program for the past five years.

“Parents, educators, advocates and concerned citizens are invited to join us on Sept. 28,” MBF Executive Director Lynn Layton said. “The MBF Child Safety Matters™ program, research-based and evidence informed education, is making a real difference throughout Florida and in some other states.”

The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. A limited number of individual tickets are available for $50. Registration for the luncheon is open at Sponsorships are also available. Contact Tammy Long at or (904) 562-1849 for more information.