We have a big problem in Hampton Roads… child abuse! According to Betty Fitte with Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads, there were 72 deaths from child abuse in our area just last year. That’s why the organization holds this annual fundraiser at various restaurants.
Ali Lucia, David Culver and Nicole Livas at 456Fish
My co-workers and friends Ali Lucia and David Culver joined me at 456 Fish in downtown Norfolk.
It shouldn’t hurt to be a child, but in Hampton Roads and the state of Virginia, child abuse is a huge problem. On Thursday, April 7, I volunteered at 456Fish Restaurant in downtown Norfolk for Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads’ Celebrity Night.
Nicole & Ali Lucia at 456 Fish
WAVY & Fox 43′s newest Sports team member, Ali Lucia, joined me. We talked to guests and sold raffle tickets for iPads and restaurant gift certificates – as well as tee shirts, aprons and other goodies.
We had Norfolk city politicians with us including Mayor Paul Fraim, Vice Mayor Anthony Burfoot and Councilman Barclay Winn.
Bishop Courtney McBath from Calvary Revival Church had a bunch of guests there to support the cause. Betty Wade Coyle, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads told me the total raised from this year’s event is
$26,312. That surpassed their goal of $25,000.
Thanks to everyone who came out to participating restaurants in Hampton Roads. It’s a worthy event that provides money for research and training. Some money goes to helping families and supporting projects such as the (800) CHILDREN helpline, First Steps for new parents and the kidspriorityone family resource center. Remember, it shouldn’t hurt to be a child. See you next year!