The Baltimore Child Abuse Center (BCAC) will hold its fourth annual Be A Hero gala on Friday, April 28, 2017, at the historic Lord Baltimore Hotel.

The event honors Baltimore community members of the Baltimore community for their commitment to keeping children safe from sexual abuse, trauma and other adverse childhood experiences, and in the process raises funds for BCAC to continue its important work in the community.

“Community support for the children and families we serve is proven year after year at Be A Hero,” said Adam Rosenberg, BCAC’s executive director. “Over the last three years, we’ve raised more than $880,000 for victims of abuse and violence. At this year’s event, we’re hoping to exceed $1 million in funds that will change the lives of some of Baltimore City’s most vulnerable residents.”

The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception and a silent auction, followed by a seated dinner, live auction and brief program. New this year is an after party starting at 9 p.m. in the hotel’s newly opened LB Speakeasy and in the French Kitchen. The party will feature live music, an open bar and desserts prepared by the hotel’s executive pastry chef, Mary Elizabeth Plovanich.

Colby and Kasey Simon, Jodi and Jeff Keehn, and Jamie Smith and Christian Merlo will serve as co-chairs for this year’s fundraiser, and Devin Walsh will serve as after party chair.

Guests can purchase tickets for the main event, which includes access to the after party, for $250. Tables are also available starting at $2,250. Guests who want to attend just the after party can purchase tickets for $100. Tickets will go on sale on March 1, 2017, at this link.

Venable LLP is presenting sponsor for the 2017 Be A Hero fundraiser. Additional sponsors include: A&R Development; Arfaa Law Group; BB&T; CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; Concerted Care Group; Kelly & Associations Insurance Group/KELLY Payroll; Legg Mason Global Asset Management; Lessard Designs, Inc.; LifeBridge Health; MaxSent; Merritt Properties, LLC; Sheppard Pratt Health System; Steve Moore; Urban Atlantic; and Wee Chic.

Media sponsors include Baltimore Fishbowl, Baltimore Style Magazine, Baltimore’s Child, (cool) progeny, HeidnSeek Entertainment and WYPR-FM.

Baltimore Child Abuse Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides victims of child sexual abuse, trauma and other adverse childhood experiences in Baltimore and their non-offending caretakers with comprehensive forensic interviews, medical treatment and mental health treatment with a goal of preventing future trauma. Baltimore Child Abuse Center is the oldest children’s advocacy center in Maryland and serves more than 1,000 children annually. For more information, visit BCAC here.

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