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Winona Lake, IN 46590

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Elizabeth Smart will provide personal glimpse into her healing process and a heartfelt discussion on how she made peace with the past.

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Three local non-profit organizations, Joe’s Kids, The Baker Youth Club (BYC), and Court Appointed Special Advocate of Kosciusko County (CASA) are pleased to announce An Evening with Elizabeth Smart on April 23, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, in Winona Lake, Indiana. The Kosciusko County Community Foundation and K21 Health Foundation are sponsors of the event.

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003, after being held a prisoner for 9 grueling months.

Through this traumatic experience, Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which led to conviction.

The Founder of the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, Elizabeth has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.

Elizabeth has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book, "My Story." In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivor’s guide, entitled, “You're Not Alone: The Journey from Abduction to Empowerment.” This guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences not to give up but to know that there is hope for a rewarding life.

Elizabeth has recently released a new powerful and inspiring book about what it takes to overcome trauma, find the strength to move on, and reclaim one’s life. "Where There’s Hope" is the result of Elizabeth’s mission: It is both an up-close-and-personal glimpse into her healing process and a heartfelt how-to guide for readers to make peace with the past and embrace the future.

Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery continue to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by "everyday" people and the belief that hope always exists to find every missing child.

Smart attended Brigham Young University, studying music as a harp performance major. She married her husband Matthew in 2012, and they now have two beautiful children. Elizabeth’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after tragedy.

These three local organizations felt April was the right time to bring Elizabeth to Kosciusko County as it is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Children and family are key components to the mission of all three non-profit organizations joining forces to bring Smart to Kosciusko County. “We are excited to bring Elizabeth here to offer a message of hope for any family or individual faced with challenges.” said Rebecca Bazonni, MS, PT, Executive Director of Joe’s Kids, Inc., “She is living proof that one can overcome the most unimaginable of circumstances!”

Overcoming adversity is a key theme in Smart’s message, which resonates with Mackenzie Cloutier, Executive Director of CASA of Kosciusko County. “Working with children caught in the court system CASA hopes Elizabeth Smart’s message will inspire these youth to not be defined by their current situation but to keep believing things will get better.”

Tracy Furnivall, Executive Director of the Baker Youth Club believes BYC club members and their families will benefit from the event. “BYC is excited to partner with CASA and Joe’s Kids to bring what we believe will be an inspiring evening of hope to our community. BYC sees many families, that have or are going through a difficult time in their life. Elizabeth Smart’s story is truly inspiring and will provide anyone that attends, a positive light in whatever it is they may be going through.”

Tickets to the event are free. Seating is limited and attendees will need a ticket for admittance. Elizabeth Smart will sign books after sharing her message. Elizabeth’s books are available for purchase when tickets are reserved. Books may be picked up at the event.

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