5th Annual Hope Still Floats
“Here’s Looking at you Kid”
Prescott Resort and Conference Center
August 17, 2019
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Hope Still Floats is an annual fundraiser that benefits victims of interpersonal violence served at the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center. In 2014, the first event was hosted by a network of community volunteers who felt empowered to support victims of sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence. In the five years since that hallmark year, Hope Still Floats has grown as a community fundraiser and celebration of those who interface with interpersonal abusive trauma – both survivors and those who help them heal.
While much of the services provided at YFAC occur within confidentiality of its Prescott Valley location, Hope Still Floats offers an opportunity for the community to learn of YFAC’s services, hear heart-touching stories from victims, and recognize those individuals who are making an impact in the lives of victims of interpersonal violence. The year’s keynote speaker is Jessica Nicely, a dedicated advocate for child abuse prevention, awareness, and treatment who invests much of her time in enriching advocacy centers across the state.
Beam of Hope Award
Each year, the Beam of Hope Award is presented to an individual who has shone above the rest in their efforts to provide victim centered services. This year, the 2019 Beam of Hope Award will be presented County Attorney Sheila Polk for her contributions on the Governor’s Arizona Human Trafficking Council and other victim service related accomplishments.
Ms. Polk is a native Arizonan who received both her bachelor’s and law degrees from Arizona State University. After clerking at the Arizona Supreme Court, Ms. Polk served in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for eleven years before joining the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office in 1994. In November of 2000, Ms. Polk became the first woman elected to the position of Yavapai County Attorney and is currently serving her fifth four-term. In addition to overseeing a staff of 100 employees, Ms. Polk is at the forefront of change.
Ms. Polk is renowned as an “agent of change” both by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for her ethics course for law enforcement professionals, What You Do Matters: Lessons from The Holocaust, and also her local community. She is a founding member of MATFORCE, the Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition, awarded the 2013 National Outstanding Coalition. She is also a member of the Governor’s Arizona Human Trafficking Council, particularly enriching the Yavapai County Multi-Disciplinary Task Force, which has become a gold standard across the state for superior practices against sex trafficking. In her efforts to address sex crimes, she has also served on the Governor’s Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force. Currently, Polk is the state chair for the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council, and serves as vice-chair of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission.
Jessica Nicely is a passionate advocate for child abuse prevention, awareness and treatment, as well as a survivor of child abuse herself. Jessica founded her own non-profit, Winged Hope Family Advocacy Foundation, dedicated to child abuse and domestic violence prevention, awareness and treatment. Jessica has also been a spokesperson for Prevent Child Abuse America’s Arizona Chapter and a member of Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Coalition. She currently sits on the Arizona Foster Care Review Board and is a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy. A former Miss Arizona USA, Jessica has been speaking publicly and sharing her life story for more than 20 years with the goal of impacting the lives of survivors of child abuse and domestic violence worldwide. Jessica is also personally dedicated to the creation and sustainability of Family Advocacy Centers, organizations that are designed to significantly increase the efficacy of abuse and violence investigations, while at the same time reducing the stress and trauma to victims of such violent crimes.