H P Chili For Children
The Chili Is Coming!  The Chili Is Coming?

Got 50 Bucks?  …Good, Then Read This!

Got 50 Bucks?  Want to spend it on a worthwhile cause?  Or do you want to totally blow it partying like crazy?

Yes, or No, this is the story for you.

It’s November, and that means Comdex, and that means it’s Chili Time.  Once more it’s time to do some good, cut loose with 50 bucks and buy a ticket to the HP Chili For Children event at Comdex.

This event is a very big fundraiser for the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children.  The Center is the place for everything having to do with reporting and finding missing kids.  And I mean everything.

They have teams of experts, and a great lab, all available for any police agency with a missing kid to find.

Even if the kid has been missing for years, they can help.  With their computer equipment and available experts they can create a photo showing what the child would look like at any age.

They can give expert advice over the phone, or if need be send a team to help in person.

Their database is not only the most complete around; it truly is customized for the task at hand.  It cannot only store ID information, and photos, and fingerprints, but DNA info as well.

Hey, and all it takes is money.  So, get out that 50, and surf on over to their web site at:

What, don’t care about all this stuff.  Just want to use that 50, to party like crazy?  Then I have good news for you.  Go To The Chili For Children Event.  It is One Great Big Party…  Hey, it’s no coincidence that this yeas them is ‘Mardi Gras”.

For more info on the center go to:

For more info on Hp’s foundation go to:

For more info in general, check out some past stories.  They will give you a great idea of the history involved.

No matter the motivation, be it “Party Like An Animal” or “Let’s Help Find Some Missing Kids”, The HP Chili For Children event is where your 50 bucks should go!

Also please see this latest press release on the event:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              

Contact: Megan McWilliams

Technovative Marketing for HPCCF

(973) 299-6102


Tina Schwartz, NCMEC

(703) 837-6251


The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and

the HP Chili for Children Foundation

Build Reunification System


NCMEC’s Web-Based System to Find Missing Children is Model for Reunification Project for Children and Parents Separated by

Humanitarian Disasters

Alexandria, VA - October 23, 2001 - In the aftermath of September 11th, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Hewlett-Packard Chili for Children Foundation (HPCCF) have announced plans to use proceeds of the 2001 ChiliFest at Fall Comdex in Las Vegas to build a technology resource to reunite children and families separated by humanitarian crises. 

For the past ten years, dozens of computer companies have come together to support NCMEC through the annual Chili Cook-Off.  More than $3 million in cash and millions more of in-kind assistance has made NCMEC the nation’s foremost “living laboratory,” demonstrating the power of technology to solve complex social problems.  Since 1990, NCMEC’s recovery rate of missing children has climbed from 62% to 93%.

Yet, after the recent tragic events, HPCCF and NCMEC are committed to do more.  In the wake of tragedies like the September 11th attacks, children may be separated from their parents, often for long periods.  Loved ones can be lost, in hospitals, in shelters, in special emergency facilities, or even in refugee camps.  NCMEC and HPCCF are working together on technology that can make the jobs of emergency responders easier and more effective.

Jim McDonnell, Vice President for Worldwide Marketing for Hewlett-Packard Company, said, “We are committed to help NCMEC use its web-based missing children’s network model to identify the missing and reunite families in any humanitarian tragedy.  It is a great use of technology and a powerful statement for our industry to make in the wake of September 11th.”

Ernie Allen, NCMEC’s President & CEO, added, “Our goal is to reunite children with their families.  This model could be dropped into any setting in the US or around the world in which large numbers of parents and children have been separated and need to be identified and reunited.”

Previously, NCMEC has been approached by many individuals and organizations following similar tragic instances and asked to use its cutting-edge technology to help.  For example, during the Bosnian conflict, Selim Beslagic, Mayor of Tuzla, traveled to NCMEC’s headquarters in the Washington, DC area.  He said, “I have parents searching for missing children, children searching for missing parents, and relief organizations can only provide me with food, blankets, and medical supplies.  Can you help?”

NCMEC could do little to assist then, but today, because of technology advances and the support of the computer industry, NCMEC is prepared to begin the effort to help. ChiliFest sponsor Computer Associates International (CA) has built a web-based network for NCMEC, enabling NCMEC to handle 3 million “hits” per day through its award-winning website,  The CA-built secure network is based on a shared, multilingual database and case management system, which is currently being used by 10 foreign law enforcement agencies worldwide and all 50 US state missing child clearinghouses.  ChiliFest sponsors Compaq and HP have outfitted NCMEC with top hardware and equipment.  ChiliFest sponsor Canon has provided its technology to law enforcement to support the growing, expanding network.

NCMEC will utilize ChiliFest proceeds to begin development of the system and will enlist the involvement and support of the industry in constructing the best and most effective model possible.  Once in place, NCMEC will train on-site personnel in the use of the system and assist in the implementation in partnership with the appropriate emergency response or relief agency. 

This year’s ChiliFest will be held at the Cox Pavilion on November 13 in Las Vegas. 


The HP Chili for Children Foundation is devoted to improving the lives of children through events and fundraisers. It also reflects Hewlett-Packard Company’s long-term commitment to support the community. One beneficiary of the foundation is the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Through the HP Chili for Children ChiliFest, an annual event held at Fall Comdex in Las Vegas, HP and other high-tech companies have raised more than $3.7 million in cash and in-kind services for NCMEC over the last decade.  For more information on HPCCF, please visit


The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a private, nonprofit  organization dedicated to helping bring home missing children.  NCMEC is the nation’s only resource center and national clearinghouse specializing in child victimization issues.  Since its creation in 1984, NCMEC has assisted law enforcement on over 79,000 cases of missing and exploited children and helped to reunite over 60,000 missing children with their families. For more information about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit

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