Elizabeth Smart to speak at Women Against MS Luncheon

A decade after her brutal abduction, Elizabeth Smart will be sharing her story at the 2014 Fairfield County Women Against MS Luncheon on Monday, May 12, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich.

In 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her Utah home. For nine months, she was held prisoner before she was rescued. As keynote speaker of the event, Ms. Smart will speak about what it feels like to be robbed of her youthful innocence, something that can never be returned, and guiding others on overcoming extreme adversity.

Through the traumatic experience, she has become an advocate for change as it relates to child abduction, recovery programs and national legislation. She testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which led to her perpetrators’ lifelong imprisonment.

Her abduction and recovery continues to influence parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide. Ms. Smart is also a contributor for ABC News, is currently involved in the Elizabeth Smart Foundation and has helped promote the National AMBER Alert, the Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.

Ms. Smart recently wrote a book titled, My Story, which details both her kidnapping and the formation of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation. She will be signing copies of her book, first released in October 2013, after the event.

“We are delighted to have Elizabeth at this year’s luncheon,” Lisa Gerrol, president and CEO of the Connecticut Chapter, said in a press release. “Elizabeth’s message promises to be both compelling and inspiring.”

Guests are encouraged to invite co-workers, friends and family to the luncheon. Shopping begins at 10 a.m., with the lunch program starting at noon. Shopping will resume after the lunch program.

Last year, the Fairfield County luncheon attracted more than 190 guests. This year, the chapter hopes to attract 250 guests to raise $120,000. Funds raised through Connecticut Chapter events, such as WAMS luncheons, ensure ongoing scientific research to find better treatments and a cure. These funds also provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter.

The Hyatt Regency Hotel is located at 1800 East Putnam Avenue. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact 860-913-2550 or visit Ctfightsms.org.

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