Get Involved With Helping Local Youth

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By: Heather McMechan Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

Child Rescue Coalition

How many of us put pics of our kids online? When I heard the statistics about online childhood predators, I had to get involved with the Child Rescue Coalition (CRC). It’s a nonprofit that rescues children from sexual abuse by building technology for law enforcement, free of charge, to track, arrest and prosecute child predators.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, they have developed the world-renowned Child Protection System (CPS) Technology, which has been a powerful tool for law enforcement agencies around the globe. The technology has improved the success rates of investigators and policing operations in the ongoing pursuit to identify, apprehend and convict individuals and networks associated with child sexual exploitation.

For every predator CRC helps law enforcement apprehend, they prevent between 50 and 150 children from being sexually abused. To date, our technology has prevented the abuse of more than 500,000 children worldwide.

If you would like to learn more, then meet me at the Blankets & Bear Hugs Community Day Event on Aug. 10th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This family friendly, give-back experience will give you information on how they help protect children. Find out how you can help prevent your child’s image from getting into the wrong hands. Assemble care packages for rescued children which includes the bears and blankets. Presentation of the care packages to local law enforcement. All ages are welcome for this morning of volunteering, philanthropy and lunch.

The event will be at 4530 Conference Way S. For more information contact events@childrescuecoalition.org or 561-208-9000.

Nat King Cole Generation Hope

When I see my children practice their piano and ukulele, I see that special spark in their eyes. Every child should have the opportunity to find their passion for music. That’s why I’m involved with the Nat King Cole Generation Hope. Their mission is to provide music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources. Their mission is to fund programs which provide music instruction, mentoring and resources.

On Aug. 27, local celebrities and community favorites will be pulling out all the stops when they perform in the Lip Sync Battle benefiting Nat King Cole Generation Hope Inc. to raise funds for music education. I had the opportunity of lip syncing last year and it was a blast.

The event is from 6- 8 p.m. at Crazy Uncle Mike’s located at 6450 N. Federal Highway. All proceeds benefit music education for children with the greatest need and fewest resources. The Lip Sync Battle Winner will be chosen by a combination of donations made in the contestant’s name, votes by the attendees on event night and judge’s scores.

For more information on tickets or how you can donate, call 561-213-8209 or email at info@natkingcolegenhope.org.

George Snow Scholarship Fund

Have you heard one of these scholarship recipients speak about their journey? It’s extremely moving to see how you can impact just one person’s life. The George Snow Scholarship Fund is dedicated to helping deserving students within the community achieve their career goals through their pursuit of higher education.

By providing financial assistance and a host of supplementary support services, we ensure that your scholarship recipients have the resources they need to thrive academically. They have awarded over $1.4 million in scholarships just in 2019.

On Sept. 20 at 6 p.m., the “Boca’s Ballroom Battle” will take place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. This is the 12th annual dance showcase starring Boca Raton community leaders and patterned after the popular “Dancing with the Stars” television program.

Paired with professional dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Boca Raton, community leaders will be given a series of dance lessons to perfect a routine, and then compete for the Fundraising “Mirror Ball” trophy at an elegant cocktail reception and dance showcase. All proceeds from the event benefit the George Snow Scholarship Fund.

For information, call 561-347-6799 or email at info@scholarship.org.