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.
Our area is struggling with a big child abuse problem. According to the Hampton Roads Regional Child Fatality Review Team: 16 children died from abuse in Hampton Roads in 2010… more than any other region in the state. Of those 16, half died from neglect – most others from head trauma. Statewide, 44 children died from child abuse last year.
So, how can you help? Come out and support a local restaurant Thursday night, April 7 from 6-10pm. Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads will host its 29th annual Celebrity Night. I’ve been volunteering at these for 10 years now and always meet wonderful generous people who donate money towards the cause.
Once again, we’ll be helping to serve food and drinks and selling raffle tickets, aprons and other items.
Tom, Nicole & Eric at last year's Celebrity Night
Come see me and WAVY/Fox 43′s newest sports reporter, Ali Lucia at 456 Fish in downtown Norfolk. It gets packed, so make a reservation.
Thanks to all of you who came out and supported me, Eric Harryman, Tom Schaad and others at 456 Fish on Granby Street in downtown Norfolk on Thursday, March 25, 2010.
People were very generous making donations and buying raffle tickets to benefit the 28th annual Child Abuse Prevention Celebrity Night. Kay Young helped out at Big Easy on Tazewell Street in downtown Norfolk.
Hampton Roads has a lot of cases of child abuse and this organization works hard to educate the public and protect our children.
This event was sponsored by: Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and you can help there is a need for prevention in Virginia- particularly in Hampton Roads. According to Virginia’s Department of Social Services: between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008- 50,598 children were reported as possible victims of abuse and/or neglect. 6,099 children were found as victims of abuse or neglect- most often by their biological parents. An additional 37,879 children were referred for a family assessment. 36 children died as a result of child abuse in fiscal year 2008. Eleven of those kids lived in Hampton Roads.
Prevent Child Abuse has an annual event to help raise money for research and education in Hampton Roads. You can help by going out to eat at participating restaurants and buy raffle tickets or tee-shirts and other items the celebrity waiters and waitresses will be selling. This is a picture from the event at 456 Fish in Norfolk last year.
Come join me at The Big Easy Bar and Grill in Norfolk on Thursday, April 2. The event goes from 6-10pm. Several restaurants are participating…. go to the website below to see the other celebrity wait staff schedules. Hope to see you there! Remember- it shouldn’t hurt to be a child!
Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads is a volunter-based, non-profit group made up of concerned citizens who are committed to the prevention of child abuse in all of its forms.
For more information- go to www.ucantbeatkids.org or call 757-440-2749