Restor­ing in­no­cence Child Res­cue Coali­tion shares sto­ries of suc­cess at in­au­gu­ral fundrais­ing event

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Make a last­ing im­pact in the lives of abused chil­dren around the world at the Child Res­cue Coali­tion’s “In­au­gu­ral Ben­e­fit.”

The or­ga­ni­za­tion is host­ing its in­au­gu­ral fundraiser Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Tak­ing place at Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts’ Huizenga Pav­il­ion, the el­e­gant and in­spi­ra­tional af­fair will in­form guests about the so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy used by the Boca Ra­ton-based non­profit to en­able law en­force­ment to track, ar­rest and con­vict child abusers. Guests will also hear com­pelling real life sto­ries about the suc­cess of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s child res­cue ef­forts.

The evening’s spe­cial guest is John Walsh, host and cre­ator of “Amer­ica’s Most Wanted.” Other guests in­clude Aphrodite Jones, host of In­ves­ti­ga­tion Dis­cov­ery’s “True Crime with Aphrodite Jones,” and Los An­ge­les-based co­me­dian Dana Gold­berg.

The fundraiser will also honor a lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cer who has demon­strated suc­cess in us­ing the Child Res­cue Coali­tion’s tech­nol­ogy.

The Child Pro­tec­tion Sys­tem tech­nol­ogy, de­vel­oped by the late Hank Asher, has suc­cess­fully aided in the pros­e­cu­tion and con­vic­tion of more than 6,000 on­line preda­tors and res­cued more than 1,000 abused chil­dren in the past three years. Hank’s daugh­ters con­tinue fight­ing for this mis­sion and to pro­vide the tech­nol­ogy to law en­force­ment of­fi­cials around the world at no cost.

“It was our fa­ther’s dream to re­store in­no­cence in the lives of chil­dren around the world and my sis­ter De­siree and I are proud to con­tinue his legacy to­day,” said Carly Asher Yoost, pres­i­dent. “We hope this beau­ti­ful event will in­form, en­gage and com­pel our lo­cal com­mu­nity to act on be­half of chil­dren.”

The Asher fam­ily is the driv­ing force be­hind the ex­is­tence of Child Res­cue Coali­tion and has vig­or­ously cham­pi­oned its in­valu­able ser­vice to the lo­cal and global com­mu­nity. De­siree Asher is gra­ciously un­der­writ­ing the en­tire event, and ev­ery dol­lar raised will go di­rectly to­ward the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Pro­ceeds will in­crease law en­force­ment uti­liza­tion, en­hance com­mu­nity aware­ness and ex­pand the tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pa­bil­ity of the pro­gram.

The VIP cock­tail re­cep­tion be­gins at 5:30 p.m., and the pro­gram be­gins at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a live and silent auc­tion. Tick­ets are $275 per per­son. The Child Res­cue Coali­tion is par­tially funded by the Salah Foun­da­tion, a pri­vate foun­da­tion ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing the eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged, the young, the el­derly and the dis­abled.

Spon­sors in­clude Tran­sUnion, Furr & Cohen, P.A., Wells Fargo Bank, Gun­ster and Far­lie Turner & Co.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 954-593-5518 or email Colleen Lock­wood at colleen@chil­dres­cue­coali­tion.org.

Noreen Salah Burpee, left, Alvin Goldstein and De­bra Vo­gel

Lt. Robert Norvis, left, Sgt. Char­lotte Hier­rezuelo, Sgt. Hec­tor Martinez, De­tec­tive Keven Dupree, Maj. Vic­tor Lon­don, Of­fi­cer Kathy Collins, De­tec­tive Rob Mauro, As­sis­tant Chief Dou­glas MacDougall and De­tec­tive Tracy Figone

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