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Susan Hutchinson Honored as CACA’s ‘Woman of Inspiration’

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Arkansas First Lady Susan Hutchinson was honored Friday at a luncheon at the Statehouse Convention Center as the inaugural Arkansas Woman of Inspiration for her work with Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas.

The CACA helps children and their families deal with the aftermath of child abuse. Instead of taking a child from agency to agency within the law enforcement and child protection services systems, the center allows professionals involved in the case come to them in a child-friendly environment.

More: Before the event, Little Rock Soirée talked to the luncheon’s co-chair about the nonprofit and Hutchinson’s involvement with CACA.

The luncheon included a fashion show and videos featuring victims and workers at the CACA sharing their heartbreaking experiences.

Hutchison teared up as she accepted her award. She has been working with the organization for 20 years, long before she became first lady.

“I have a very heavy heart for the children,” Hutchinson said in her acceptance speech. “They had no hope. Hope is what keeps you alive … gives you a smile. I cry today because I am touched that your hearts are now connected.”

Midway through the luncheon, organizers announced that CACA raised more than $300,000. They expected it to reach $400,000 by the conclusion of the silent auctions. 

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