Events and Projects

3rd Annual "Join the Fight" Luncheon

Save the Date: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Thursday, February 12, 2015

Featuring boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard

JCPenney will present the third annual "Join the Fight" luncheon benefiting Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County Feb. 12, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Dallas/Frisco Hotel and Convention Center. Featuring boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and WFAA's Pete Delkus as emcee, the luncheon will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from a dynamic speaker on the long-term impact of abuse and to provide support for victims of this violent crime.

Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the legendary sports icons of the 20th century whose very name epitomizes boxing and conjures the image of a champion. His biography, New York Times bestseller "The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring," details his journey to Olympic success and his own personal battle with depression, rage, addiction and greed. His memoir revealed for the first time that he was victimized by abuse at the hands of trusted adults as a young man. With honesty, humor and hard-won perspective, Leonard comes to terms with both triumph and struggle and presents a gripping portrait of remarkable strength, courage and resilience, both in and out of the ring.

"Sugar Ray Leonard's inspiring story shows us that we must speak up and speak out in order to end child abuse and give victims the chance to heal," Event Chair Carolyn Speese said. "Just as importantly, his story serves as a reminder that every child has the greatest potential...but they have to have help in order to reach that potential."

Through sponsorships and event ticket sales, the "Join the Fight" luncheon raises funds to support safety, healing and justice for children victimized by abuse or neglect. For information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase individual luncheon tickets to the 2015 "Join the Fight" luncheon, click here or contact Special Events Manager Dana Packard at or at 972-633-6602.