Public Awareness Campaigns

Our Public Awareness Campaigns

People must become aware of the extent of the problem.

No Hit Zone

Champions for Children: Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads is proud to introduce “No Hit Zone,” a successful program to help maintain a calm, safe and caring environment for children, parents, families, staff and guests in public places.

Become Aware- Be a Champion

The unveiling of the campaign in early Fall, 2016 will kick off a Hampton Roads public media audio/video effort to voice statements of reality to all citizens in a message of impact. Regional leaders will speak as a Champion on radio, social media and television and give “Did You Know” statements about abuse in Hampton Roads.

Who will champion the effort? Will you join the campaign?

Champions Awards event

The 2016 Champions Awards event in October showcased community leaders that work as child advocates in different areas – Education, Business, Government, and Volunteer Services.
In 2016, the keynote speaker was The Honorable Daun Hester, Delegate of Commonwealth of Virginia . Over 190 were in attendance.

Image courtesy of Toni Guagenti
Image courtesy of Toni Guagenti

2018 Honorees

Announcing this Fall!

2017 Honorees

Lifetime Achievement
Lucien Lombardo, Ph.D.

Old Point National Bank

Community Partner
The City of Chesapeake

2016 Honorees

Lifetime Achievement
In Memoriam
Dr. Karen Polonko-ODU

Legislative Advocacy
Delegate Daun Hester

Volunteer Service
Diane and Charlie Hofheimer

Jeremy Starkey-Monarch Children’s Charities

Danielle Koehler-Dalitopia Media


2015 Honorees

Ron Zoby, 456 Fish

Terry Lyle
SECEP Principal, St. Mary’s Home

Wanda Rogers
Director of Human Services
City of Hampton

Human Services
Julie Wall
Social Work

Public Safety
Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone
Master Police Officer, City of Virginia Beach

Dr. Eric Lowe

Season Roberts
CASA, City of Virginia Beach

Community at Large
Ed Welp
The UpCenter

2014 Honorees

Il Giardino Restaurant

Michael C. Spencer
The Williams School

Cameron S. Meals, Esquire
Office of the Attorney General
Division of Child Support Enforcement

Social Work
Dr. Viola Vaughan-Eden
Norfolk State University

Public Safety
Joyce L. Williams
Master Police Officer
Suffolk Police Department

Dr. Wendy M. Gunther
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Norfolk Division

Kerriel Bailey
Esquire – K. Bailey Law, P.C

Community at Large
Carter L. McKay
CHKD Child Abuse Program

2013 Honorees

Karen Polonko, PH.D.

Social Work
Faye Joseph, LCSW

Public Safety
Chief James Cervera

Dawn Scaff, RN, MSN

John Oliver, Esquire

Lifetime Achievement
Betty Wade Coyle

Volunteer of the Year
Deb Shelton