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Country star spins the Wheel to help Ashland child advocacy center

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 12, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lisa Wallace, (502) 564-6786, ext. 4013  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2007) -- A Kentucky children’s advocacy center is the beneficiary of a celebrity appearance on the popular TV game show Wheel of Fortune.

Country singing star and Kentucky native Wynonna was a celebrity guest during a recent taping of the show’s Country Music Stars Week. She designated Hope’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Ashland to receive her winnings. Her appearance will air Wednesday Feb. 14 (check local listings for stations and times).

Wheel of Fortune donates a minimum of $10,000 to each celebrity guest’s charity or cause of choice.

Hope’s Place provides vital services and a safe atmosphere for child and adult victims of sexual abuse. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the center works to ease trauma and promote healing with the most appropriate programs and services for each victim. It is one of 15 regional centers funded in part by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 

Sherri Stover, program administrator for the Cabinet’s Division of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services, said one in three girls and one in four boys are sexually abused before age 19. In the vast majority of cases, children know their abusers. 

“Children’s advocacy centers offer compassion and sensitivity to victims of abuse,” Stover said. “Hope’s Place is a tremendous resource for the tri-state area.” 

For more information about Hope’s Place, visit www.hopesplace.org or call Executive Director Pam Huwieler at (606) 325-4737. 

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Last Updated 2/12/2007