Speak Up celebrated its founder, Martie Gillin, and 16 years of speaking up on Oct. 21 at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel in King of Prussia. After her son died, Gillin began sharing his story and saw a need for cross-generational communication. Speak Up was founded to offer youth, educators, and parents the skills, opportunities, and support to communicate effectively so adults can guide children in making positive life choices. It is now in 37 schools, with 1,000 student leaders; some 5,000 students and parents open up each year. More than 630 attended the tribute event, which raised money to help continue Speak Up's mission.