By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015
Kristin and Jason Weis, co-founders of The Demand Project, invite you to participate in their upcoming fundraising events to help achieve their mission of “Stopping Predators, Protecting Children, Rescuing Victims and Restoring Lives.”
“The Demand Project’s mission is to direct our efforts, resources and energy toward the eradication of sexual exploitation, with an emphasis on the sexual exploitation of children. Whether they’re victims of trafficking, forced prostitution, online enticement or child pornography – our mission is to end all sex crimes by targeting the DEMAND side of sexual exploitation,” explains Jason Weis, co-founder of the Demand Project with his wife, Kristin.
The Demand Project works towards its mission through three key areas: 1) Prevention – educating and training parents about online predators; educating communities about the dangers of pimps, traffickers and predators; and coordinating annual events that bring much needed awareness and raise funds for prevention; 2) Rescue and Restoration – operating VAST (Victim Advocate Support Team); partnering with law enforcement in the rescue of sex trafficking victims; and facilitating resources needed for sex trafficking victims to become survivors; 3) Prosecution – funding law enforcement task force units that specifically target sexual exploitation networks and individuals that exploit children through the use of technology and the Internet, funding a cyber information unit that researches and documents online predator profiles; and advocating legislation that strengthens current laws regarding sexual exploitation.
The Demand Project’s annual fundraiser walk has now become a 10K, 5K, and Fun Run event at Jenks RiverWalk Terrace. If you’re a runner and want to also stop predators and protect children from sexual abuse, sign up now! The Demand Project Shield Run will be Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The run is USATF certified. “Help us reach our goal of 500 runners,” says Jason. “Imagine the impact of having the community rally around the victims of this horrible crime, while at the same time sending a clear, audible message to predators that the communities in Oklahoma, Tulsa, Jenks and beyond are not going to allow this to happen in our backyard.”
Prizes will be awarded for the 10K and 5K winners. Cost to participate in the 10K is $45. The 5K run fee is $35, and the 5K Fun Run walk is $25. “All entry fees include a really cool shirt that will display your participation in the event,” adds Jason.
Sponsors include The Vintage Pearl; Drummond Law, PLLC; Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police (FOP); RiverWalk Crossing; Tatur Racing; Fleet Feet; and Cyntergy AEC. Packet pick-up will be at Tulsa Runner, 9708 Riverside Pkwy. #110, on May 14 and 15. Registration and packet pick-up will also be available the day of the race, an hour before gun start.
The Demand Project’s next fundraiser will be their annual Golf Tournament, to be held at the beautiful Golf Club of Oklahoma on Monday, June 29 from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tournament format is a four-person scramble. Admission includes lunch, practice facility, a player gift package, 18 holes of golf with cart, awards ceremony, snacks and beverages, and the satisfaction of knowing that The Demand Project is protecting children, stopping predators and restoring lives. Silent auction items will be available the day of the event. Sponsors to date include: The Vintage Pearl, ImageNet Consulting, Don Thornton Cadillac, Andy Anderson Metal Works, Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Mathis Brothers Furniture, Custom Craft Awards and Engraving, Manhattan Construction, and QuikTrip.
Help The Demand Project achieve their mission of “Stopping Predators, Protecting Children, Rescuing Victims and Restoring Lives” by participating in these exciting fundraising events. The Demand Project is a 501(c)(3) organization.
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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.