TexProtects will present its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Texas Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, the leader in the Texas Legislature for protecting victims of child abuse.

TexProtects will honor Nelson for her longstanding work to strengthen Child Protective Services and increase Texas’ investment in prevention programs, such as the Nurse-Family Partnership, which sends nurses on home visits to help vulnerable, low-income mothers.

Nelson recently became the first woman in state history to serve as chairperson of the Senate Finance Committee, which shapes the state budget and crafts fiscal policy for Texas. As chair of Finance, Nelson also serves as a member of the Legislative Budget Board, a body of five Senate and five House representatives that sets the constitutional spending limit and develops the draft appropriations bill. She also serves as Chairwoman of the Texas Sunset Commission.

“Senator Nelson has been a leading child champion and advocate for children who has helped improve Child Protective Services and expand prevention programs” said Madeline McClure, executive director and founder of TexProtects.

The event – featuring keynote speaker Ashley Judd – will be at 7 p.m. on Oct.14 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.

Judd, who detailed her own childhood trauma in her memoir, “All That is Bitter and Sweet,”also will attend a reception for lead sponsors and members of TexProtects’ Board of Directors, chaired by John Castle. The honorary chair is Lisa K. Simmons and the event chair is Pat Albritton Harloe.

TexProtects will celebrate 10 years of success in its mission to prevent and reduce child abuse. Table sponsorship begins at $2,500. Seating is limited. Buy a table or donate by going to thedatabank.com/dpg/573/spdf.asp?formid=FallFundraiser.

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