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SILB to host Richard Burgi of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on November 4

Soroptimists International of Laguna Beach (SILB) has invited Richard Burgi of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to be the speaker at their Nov. 4th, 6 p.m. dinner meeting at Tivoli Terrace in Laguna Beach. The public is invited to see this presentation by joining them for dinner at a cost of $25.per person for the dinner.

On May 25, 1979, 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from the streets of New York City while on his way to school. The massive search efforts and media attention that followed focused the nation’s attention on the problem of child abduction and lack of plans to address it.

On July 27, 1981, 6-year-old Adam Walsh disappeared from a Florida shopping mall. His parents, John and Revé Walsh, immediately turned to law-enforcement agencies to help find their son. To their disappointment, there was no coordinated effort among law-enforcement to search for Adam.

In 1984, President Reagan signed into law the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, establishing a national clearinghouse of information about missing and exploited children. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) is designated by the U.S. Congress to fulfill this role, and opened its doors in Washington, DC in 1984. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. As part of its Congressional authorization, NCMEC has created a unique public and private partnership to build a coordinated, national response to the problem of missing and sexually exploited children, establish a missing children hotline and serve as the national clearinghouse for information related to these issues.

If you wish to attend this dinner meeting ($25.00) to learn more about the National Center for Exploited and Abused Children and Soroptimist International please contact Maggie Hempen of SILB at maggiehs2000@gmail or 949-922-7291

Soroptimist International of Laguna Beach (one of the oldest non-profit’s in Laguna Beach) is a volunteer organization for business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Founded in 1948, the Laguna Beach club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas where almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based projects that benefit women.