Bowling Event Helps Strike Out Child Abuse

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, a number of Popular Community Bank employees took part in a great event to help an incredible organization.

Marco Tejada, CFA is not only a Wealth Management Investment Advisor with Popular Investments in Coral Gables, but he also is on the board at the Voices for Children Foundation. Last week, he helped organize the “Strike Out Child Abuse Bowling” event.

The Voices for Children Foundation raises funds to support the 11th Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Program (GAL) as well as helping meet the social, educational and medial needs of Miami-Dade County’s abused, abandoned and neglected children.

They are part of a national network of advocacy organizations that are under the umbrella of the National Court-Appointed Special Advocates Association. The GAL program recruits, trains, supports and supervises court-appointed adults to represent the best interests of these children.

Voices for Children Foundation is incredibly vital to these interests. While Florida law requires abused, abandoned and neglected children be represented by a GAL, there is no public funding for the program; the Foundation is the fund-raising portion of the GAL Program.

Tejada has been on the board of the Foundation since 2006. The event, which was held at a local bowling alley, had been able to net around $3,000 in recent years. But an improved turn-out, including a handful of Popular Community Bank employees, helped the organization to raise between $12-14,000!

For more information about the Voices for Children Foundation, check out their website.

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