Author and advocate Gregg Milligan delivered a groundbreaking keynote speech to a crowd of 400 at the 7th annual Children’s Day Luncheon for the Families First of Palm Beach County nonprofit organization. The audience included law enforcement, as well as medical, legal and social work professionals, in addition to local West Palm Beach residents and donors supporting the Families First organization and its programs.
Families First of Palm Beach County assists more than 1,000 Palm Beach County families who are struggling to provide the best possible environment for raising their children. In some cases, these families are dealing with issues of chronic illness, learning and physical disabilities, domestic violence, and substance abuse. An increasing number of the clients are adults over 40 who have unexpectedly had to assume care for a relative’s child. Additionally, Families First is conducting an extensive countywide outreach program to find and assist pregnant women who are likely at risk of HIV infection.
Milligan was introduced by the Mistress of Ceremonies Suzanne Boyd, television anchor of CBS Channel 12 news. Boyd heralded Milligan’s author and advocacy work in the field of abuse awareness, prevention and treatment as the truest form of philanthropy.
During his keynote speech, Milligan recounted his personal experiences, detailed in his most recent book, God Must Be Sleeping and tied them into the latest empirical research on the medical, social, and economical effects of abuse - drawing the conclusion of intervention from organizations like Families First as a catalyst to the betterment of society and holistic cost avoidance. Milligan also lauded the efforts of Families First of West Palm Beach and underscored their significance in ensuring that abuse survivors have the chance to become functional members of our world.
Milligan received a standing ovation after his keynote speech.
Chief Deputy Michael E. Gauger of the Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office presented Milligan with an honorary Palm Beach County Sherriff’s medallion for his years of work in the field of abuse prevention and treatment.
Milligan was also awarded an elegant trophy by the Families First Organization of Palm Beach County, reflecting his transformation from the darkness to the light as an abuse survivor as well as his international writing, speaking and advocacy, making a tremendous global impact in the fight for abuse prevention and treatment.
The luncheon attracted its largest crowd in the history of the event, raising significant funds to support the Families First of Palm Beach County nonprofit programs.
Milligan also donated copies of his latest book, God Must Be Sleeping that were sold at the event to help raise funds for the Families First organization. After the keynote speech, Milligan signed copies of the book and met with audience members..