The New York Islanders are partnering with The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) for the second straight season with the goal of raising funds and awareness for the organization. The event will take place on Thursday, March 7, 2013 when the team takes on the New York Rangers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m. For each ticket sold, $2 will go directly to the NCMEC. Islanders Owner Charles Wang has generously committed to personally matching the total from the $2 ticket donation. Co-founder of NCMEC and host of America’s Most Wanted John Walsh will attend the game and drop the ceremonial puck.
During the March 7 game, the Islanders will hold a variety of fundraising activities, such as the Chuck-A-Puck intermission contest and the 50/50 raffle. Collection tables will line the concourse level to accept donations. Fans can also text SAFEKIDS to 20222 to make a $10 donation.
“Children are the future of our country and no matter who you are or where you’re from, we all have the responsibility to protect them,” Walsh said. “We are forever grateful to Charles Wang and the New York Islanders for sharing our commitment. Last season’s event at the Islanders game was a huge success in raising awareness and funds for NCMEC. I plan on putting my undefeated record on the line and seeing another big Islanders victory, both on and off the ice.”
The mission of NCMEC is to combat the issue of missing and sexually exploited children and the significance of this should not be lost. An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year and children are sexually victimized every day with most of these children never disclosing the abuse to anyone. Clearly, this is a growing issue that needs additional attention.
“It is crucial that we do everything possible to make sure our children are safe,” Islanders Owner Charles Wang said. “The fans who came and supported The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children last season were incredible. The donations that were received and the awareness that was raised have gone a long way towards ensuring our children, our future, remains the most important treasure in our lives. I look forward to supporting this important organization in front of a sold out Nassau Coliseum crowd.”
NCMEC mascot “Clicky” will join Islanders mascot Sparky the Dragon for the entire game. The two characters will help staff members collect donations and distribute safety information on the concourse. To generate added awareness, the center-ice video board will run numerous facts and public service announcements throughout the evening.
About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1984. Designated by Congress to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse, the organization has operated the toll-free 24-hour national missing children’s hotline, which has handled more than 3,472,740 calls. It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 169,840 children. The organization’s CyberTipline has handled more than 1,290,050 reports of child sexual exploitation and its Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed more than 60,381,370 child pornography images and videos. The organization works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To learn more about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit its web site at www.missingkids.com.
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