BCAC breakfast with keynote speaker Bob Herbert

The Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition (BCAC) will host its 30th annual breakfast Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 a.m., at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn.

This annual event celebrates the people and organizations that are working to improve the well-being of children and families in the region. Each year, the Breakfast brings together a broad cross-section of more than 300 community members of all sectors, ages, occupations, and income levels to demonstrate a shared commitment to children.

This year’s Breakfast truly exemplifies the organization’s core principle of collaboration by bringing Bob Herbert a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the think tank Demos and the author of Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America. Previously, Herbert was an opinion columnist for The New York Times for 18 years, where he established himself as a leading voice for the working poor and middle class.

Herbert has received several awards for his work, including the Meyer Berger Award for coverage of New York City, the American Society of Newspaper Editors award for distinguished newspaper writing, the David Nyhan Prize from the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University for excellence in political reporting, and the Ridenhour Courage Prize for the “fearless articulation of unpopular truths.”

BCAC will also honor two local leaders, John Santa from the Malta Justice Initiative with the Cesar Batalla Community Service award and Frances Rabinowitz, Interim Superintendent of the Bridgeport Public Schools with the Jan Park Child Advocacy award for their commitment to the Greater Bridgeport community and its children and families.

Mary Pat C. Healy, BCAC’s executive director says, “It’s a pleasure to have this opportunity to highlight their work for Bridgeport-area children and families.

Information about the event may be found at bcacct.org.

About the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition

The Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition (BCAC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1985 that consists of over 50 organizations, parents and other concerned individuals committed to improving the well-being of Bridgeport’s children through research, advocacy, education, and mobilization. Over the years, BCAC has played a leading role in hundreds of initiatives, including: securing federal funding to expand children’s mental health services in Bridgeport; supporting the launch of a school breakfast and lunch program in the Bridgeport public schools; advocating for additional affordable-housing apartments in the city; assisting thousands of families to secure healthcare through Access Health CT and HUSKY state healthcare; and producing dozens of reports. To learn more about BCAC and download copies of its reports, visit www.bcacct.org.

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