Candlelight vigil remembers child abuse victims

A candlelight vigil sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Coweta is tonight at 7 p.m. in Greenville Street Park.

It is the second of two events taking place tonight in downtown Newnan. The vigil at the city park at the south end of the business district will be coinciding with the spring Taste of Newnan event, which will be going on around the Court Square.

The annual candlelight vigil concludes Child Abuse Awareness Month, and for the second year will be held at Newnan’s Greenville Street Park.

This year the keynote speaker is Pete Skandalakis, district attorney for the Coweta Judicial Circuit.

Daryle Smith, executive director of the Newnan Boys and Girls Club, and Rev. Mr. Scott Parker from St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church will share personal stories and lead the group in prayer, said Susan M. Ebersbach, director of Prevent Child Abuse Coweta. This year's program will also include inspiring music performed by local students, and a performance by Karen Hurd, music teacher and director at The Heritage School.

Although there are stationary benches throughout the park, some guests might be more comfortable if they bring their own lawn chair or stadium chair, Ebersbach said.

“We hope to have many people joined together in this beautiful park Thursday evening in prayer for our community and committing to make Coweta County a safer home for our children,” Ebersbach said "because childhood memories last a lifetime."

For more information on the group’s efforts, Ebersbach may be reached at Prevent Child Abuse Coweta in Newnan at sebersbach@numail.org or call 770-652-7625.



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