Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to speak at The Cherish Center of Hamilton County’s 5th anniversary event on Jan. 29



Advocates for Children & Families will mark its fifth anniversary with an event featuring a very special guest. Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will attend and speak at the organization’s dinner celebration event Jan. 29 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 2727 E. 86th St., Indianapolis.

Noblesville resident and former judge Jerry Barr has served on The Cherish Center board since its inception and played an integral role in the development of the organization. Barr and Ashcroft attended Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School together and the two have continued a life-long friendship.

“We are incredibly honored and humbled to have John Ashcroft speak at this special event,” said executive director Wendy Rayburn. “This isn’t something that organizations of our size are privy to and we’re looking forward to providing this unique opportunity to our guests.”

AFCF, located at 493 Westfield Rd., Noblesville, operates The Cherish Center which serves children and families impacted by intimate violence. Since opening, the Cherish Center has conducted more than 1,200 forensic interviews, many of which have aided in the prosecution of child abuse and neglect cases being prosecuted.

“Celebrating our five year milestone is beyond exciting for our organization,” Rayburn stated. “The forensic interviews we’ve conducted paired with strategic prevention programming is making a major impact in the lives of children and families in our community.”

Tickets are limited and cost $250 per person. To register, e-mail For more information, visit