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
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:
Marketing for HPCCF
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and
the HP Chili for Children Foundation
Build Reunification System
System to Find Missing Children is Model for Reunification Project for Children
and Parents Separated by
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
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, www.missingkids.com.
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,
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
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 www.hpchili.org.
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 www.missingkids.com.
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