2015-09-02 / Other News

Fundraiser to help kids with incarcerated parents

The Photo Patch Foundation is hosting its “Compete for Awareness” charity fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at HeadPinz Entertainment Center. The event will raise awareness of the challenges faced by children who have an incarcerated parent. The format is a 12-team tournament with six people per team who will earn points based on bowling and laser tag. Each team will consist of four adults and two children.

The Photo Patch Foundation offers unique and free software to these children. The kids can upload photos and type letters on the Photo Patch web platform. The foundation ensures printing, packaging and delivering of monthly timelines so children can share their strides with their incarcerated parent. The system helps children reduce separation anxiety and traumatic stress caused by the incarceration of their parent.

“One in every 28 children in the United States has an incarcerated parent,” said Antoine Patton, executive director. “Instead of overlooking these children, we have chosen to look out for them. We strive to end the cycle of intergenerational incarceration.”

The foundation is offering various sponsorship opportunities to businesses that wish to support the event or sponsor the cost for a child to stay in touch with their incarcerated parent. Event committee volunteers include Alliance Financial Group, DryZone, iPartnerMedia, Jackets for Juniors, Northwestern Mutual, Simplified Technologies, Testimonial Tree and the Bonita Springs YMCA.

Inquiries should be submitted to the Compete for Awareness committee at info@photo-patch.org. Learn more at photo-patch.org. ¦

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