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Thank You For Dining Out For A Good Cause

April 2nd, 2012 at 11:18 pm by under News, Personalities, Uncategorized

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.

Prevent Child Abuse event a success:

Our colleague, Anne McNamara helped out at Baker’s Crust in Ghent.  We sold raffle tickets, tee shirts, bags, aprons, mugs and more at the event. We raised $30,000 at all of the restaurants combined.

Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe bartending at 456 Fish

Some of us even helped out the wait staff. This is the 11th year I’ve volunteered for the event.

Nicole with members of "4Shore"

The money raised goes to research and education. Remember, it shouldn’t hurt to be a child!

It shouldn’t hurt to be a child…thanks for your support!

April 15th, 2011 at 6:52 pm by under News, Personalities, Uncategorized

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!