Bowlers Raise $18,000 to ‘Strike Out’ Abuse

Voices For Children Foundation partnered with Mercantil Commercebank to host the Seventh “Strike Out Child Abuse“ Bowling Tournament, raising $18,000 to support abused, neglected and abandoned children in Miami-Dade County.

On Sept. 18, more than 200 supporters of the Foundation showed up to battle it out for the title of Champion and enjoy a fun evening at Splitsville Luxury Lanes & Dinner Lounge. Teams enjoyed complimentary shoe rental, food and beverages throughout the night, all for a good cause. As of Aug. 2013, there are over 3,100 children in Foster Care in Miami Dade County as a result of abuse, abandonment or neglect. Each of these children is required by law to be appointed a Guardian ad Litem representative to advocate for their best interests while they maneuver through the foster system.

Currently, fewer than 2,000 of these children actually have Guardians. Voices For Children Foundation and the Guardian ad Litem Program are trying to change that. Through community volunteers, black-tie affairs and social events, Voices For Children Foundation works to secure additional funding to help close that gap of representation.

“Mercantil Commercebank is proud to have once again participated in the Strike Out Child Abuse Bowling Tournament as a Presenting sponsor,” said Mariola Sanchez, General Counsel of Mercantil Commercebank and also a member of Voices For Children’s Board of Directors. At the end of the night, Seaside National Bank was announced as the winning team. The Strike Out Child Abuse Bowling Tournament garnered the support of several youth teams as well as returning corporate sponsors Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, Miami Marlins, Swire Properties, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, among many others.

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