By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Consumer News | Issue: June 2012
This “intimidating foursome” from last year’s SCTNow Tournament included Navy SEAL Clark Stuart, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan, Tulsa District Attorney Tim Harris, and SCTNow Director and Ambassador Jason Weis.
Stop Child Trafficking Now (SCTNow) funds efforts that target the demand side of child sex slavery. They target predators. The organization is making an impact in the fight against child sex trafficking, a problem identified as a growing issue in our nation and around the world – an issue needing every voice rising up against it.
SCTNow diligently works to protect and deliver children from this heinous crime by focusing funding on efforts to stop demand, the buyers, predators, and traffickers. In short, SCTNow believes that their efforts to stop demand will have the power to interrupt the cycle of supply, demand, and distribution, resulting in fewer predators and, ultimately, fewer victims. SCTNow has a partnership program that funds other non-profit organizations that provide shelter, care and victim services.
Kristin Weis is the national events director and Tulsa ambassador for SCTNow. Her husband Jason Weis is the national sponsorship director and Tulsa ambassador. Monday, July 16 marks the date of the 3rd annual Stop Child Trafficking Now Golf Tournament, which Kristin and Jason spearhead. The 2012 tournament will be held at the beautiful Golf Club of Oklahoma and promises to be a first-class golf event benefitting this worthy cause. Register online at www.sctnow.org or call (918) 346-2168.
Tournament format will be a four-player scramble. Individual entry is $175, and a four-member team entry is $700. Beginning at 7:15 a.m., a continental breakfast will be served to participants as registration and a silent auction kick off. At 8:15 a.m., players will begin golf play. Lunch, a live auction, and awards will commence at 1:30 p.m.
Members of the first-place team will each receive $150 Visa gift cards and bragging rights for the year. Second-place team members will each receive $100 gift cards to Best Buy. Third-place winners will each receive $50 gift cards to BassPro Shops.
There will be awards for a hole in one, closest to the pin, and the longest drive. Hole-in-one prizes include a 2012 Cadillac SRX Crossover two-year lease, Carnival cruise, golf vacation, and set of new golf clubs. Visit the website for details and more information on the event, prizes and sponsorship packages.
Presenting sponsor of the SCTNow Golf Tournament is The Vintage Pearl. Other major sponsors include QuikTrip, Dino’s, CrossComm, and Don Thornton Cadillac.
Funds from the SCTNow Tournament will be used for awareness (educational promotions); advocacy (support of other anti-traffic partners); and action (funding special investigative teams in the United States, funding safe homes overseas, and reaching out to girls held as slaves and sold for prostitution). Girls who have found themselves trapped in prostitution are being contacted each week and given the opportunity for a way out and placement into recovery programs.
SCTNow’s Cyber Teams acquire an average of 32 predator profiles per week. These profiles are documented, and a percentage is turned over to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Many investigations are currently pending as SCTNow continues their hard work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Kristin and Jason said that a recent national report estimated that over one million children are being exploited by the global commercial sex trade each year, and only 4,000 predator convictions are made each year. A child is abducted every nine minutes of every day. Stop Child Trafficking Now needs your help “now.”
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.