Events and Projects

3rd Annual "Join the Fight" Luncheon

The “Join the Fight” Luncheon is an executive luncheon that unites the Collin County business community in the fight against child abuse. Presented by JC Penney, the third annual event on Feb. 12, 2015 raised an incredible $35,000 to support the Center's mission - providing safety, healing and justice to abused children. Featuring boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and WFAA's Pete Delkus as emcee, the luncheon provided 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.

We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors and to our luncheon chair, Mrs. Carolyn Speese, for providing such an incredible event. 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.