Overbey receives ‘Champion of Children’ award in Nashville ceremony

Trudy Hughes, Executive Director of New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, left, and Donna Koester, Executive Director of Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, right, congratulate Sen. Doug Overbey as he accepts the award for 2010-11 Champion of Children in the Tennessee Senate Chamber in Nashville.

Trudy Hughes, Executive Director of New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, left, and Donna Koester, Executive Director of Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, right, congratulate Sen. Doug Overbey as he accepts the award for 2010-11 Champion of Children in the Tennessee Senate Chamber in Nashville.

State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) has received the 2010-11 “Champion of Children” award from the Tennessee Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers. The award was presented on Wednesday at the group’s meeting on Capitol Hill in Nashville.

“It is an honor for me to be recognized by our state’s Children’s Advocacy Centers and to receive the ‘Champion of Children’ award,” said Sen. Overbey. “I am sincerely humbled by the magnitude of work and contributions that these organizations have made to the children of this state. However, as much as this honor means to me, it is the work of those on the front lines of these organizations that truly deserve to be honored. These are the people who give us inspiration to strive to help children in need of a helping hand.”

The award was given in recognition of Senator Overbey’s successful sponsorship of legislation to allow for videotaped testimony of children who have been sexually abused. He also is sponsoring legislation this year to stiffen penalties against those who use children in human trafficking.

Overbey served on the Board of the New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center for nine years. His wife, Kay, also served on the Board.

“We could not have a stronger ‘Champion for Children’ than Doug Overbey,” said Bonnie Beneke, Executive Director of the Tennessee Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers, as she presented the award. “He has always been pro-active in working to protect the children of Tennessee.”

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