CAN celebrates everyday superheroes at new event
Child Abuse Network will host the inaugural Superhero Soiree on April 27 to recognize those who have contributed to the organization’s success.
Maura Guten, CAN’s president and CEO since December 2018, is one of the everyday superheroes being honored at the fundraising gala.
Child Abuse Network is celebrating its 30th year of championing hope and healing for Tulsa’s children and families affected by abuse.
To honor three decades of commitment and service, CAN will host the inaugural Superhero Soiree on April 27 to recognize the everyday heroes, both past and present, who have contributed to the organization’s success.
Maura Guten, CAN’s president and CEO since December 2018, is one of the everyday superheroes being honored at the fundraising gala. She has been involved with the child protection system in a variety of roles for nearly 20 years, most recently serving as executive director for Tulsa CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which provides advocacy to abused and neglected children in the juvenile court.
“We’re triaging the most traumatic event in a child’s life,” Guten says of her work at CAN. “Being able to lead an organization that has that kind of influence, and can really make a difference, and provide hope for a child is just a lifetime achievement.”
When selecting honorees, the event organizers had a large pool to consider. “It was the brainchild of so many people and organizations, so to recognize just one person that embodies CAN would be difficult,” Guten says. “So many community partners and leaders in our city took part in building this. It truly took a village.”
April 27 — CAN Superhero Soiree
6 p.m., cocktails; 7 p.m., dinner and dancing. Tulsa Club Hotel, 115 E. Fifth St. Sponsorships available. Benefits Child Abuse Network. childabusenetwork.org/superhero-soiree