(PRWEB) September 08, 2012
Monday September 10, 2012 is this year’s Florida Missing Children’s Day, to be held at the Capitol Courtyard in Tallahassee from 10am - 12pm. As proclaimed by Resolution of the Florida Legislature, Florida Statute 683.23, the “first ever” Florida Missing Children’s Day was held on Monday, September 13, 1999.
The Florida Missing Children’s Day Foundation (FMCDF) is the non-profit organization that provides the financial support for the statutorily mandated day that takes place annually in September. “We are an all volunteer foundation,” said Electra Bustle, president of the FMCDF. “Our board members come from all over the state of Florida and are actively engaged with a desire to help support families with missing children.”
The Foundation is a subsidiary of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearing House Advisory Board. Besides providing funding for Florida’s Missing Children’s Day, the Foundation also supports initiatives through the FDLE and its Advisory Board, and helps educate the public.
Each year parents, children, law enforcement officers and citizens gather to remember the more than 4000 children in Florida who are still missing and those who will never come home again. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and FDLE’s Commissioner are invited as speakers.
The objective of this day is to raise awareness of Florida’s currently missing children, to educate the public on child safety and abduction prevention, and to recognize those individuals and law enforcement officers who have made outstanding contributions in the missing children issue.
The event is only made possible by sponsors across the state through the Foundation. Current sponsors include these Florida County Sheriff’s Offices: Alachua, Hernando, Indian River, Leon, Martin, Monroe, Seminole, St. Lucie, Volusia, Lee, Highlands, Collier, Clay, Citrus and Pinellas.
Other sponsors include: The Florida Association of Chiefs of Police, the Miccosukee Tribal Indians P.D., and corporate sponsors including Appriss, Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, The Elena Melius Foundation, 360 Degrees PR & Marketing, Southern Strategy Group, and individual Drew Kesse, and Tallahassee Community College.
To sponsor this year’s event, or for more information, please go to http://www.fmcdf.org