Elizabeth Smart to speak at luncheon

Elizabeth Smart was only 14 when she was abducted from her bedroom, capturing the headlines and the hearts of our nation. Nine months later, on March 12, 2002, she was found only 18 miles from her home living with the couple who abducted her. And so began her long journey of recovery.

Today, Smart is an activist and commentator for ABC News. She, along with her father, Ed, will be the guest speakers at The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County's annual Speaking of Women luncheon at The Waterview in Monroe on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 11:30 a.m.

"We are honored to have the Smarts speak to us at our luncheon," said Debra Greenwood, the center's chief executive officer and president. "This is our most important event of the year, the one on which rely on to provide us with the needed funds to help those shattered by domestic violence, sexual assault and bullying. The Smarts' story is compelling and moving. Their message is one of hope and survival after trauma, which is an important message for us all to hear."

All proceeds from the luncheon support the center's services, including 24-hour hotlines in English and Spanish, an emergency shelter, support groups, community education, counseling, and advocacy to navigate medical, legal and government processes related to domestic and sexual violence.

Those interested in attending or becoming a corporate sponsor, should contact Sarah Lubarsky at 203-334-6154, ext. 31, or slubarsky@cwfefc.org. Tickets are $175.