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PR - 06.18.12

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Contact: Veria Samaroo, Special Events Director
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Cross International Alliance's 'Hope For Children' Gala raises $131,600 to benefit Haiti's Restavek children

Akron, OH (June 18, 2012) — Cross International Alliance, the ecumenical Christian relief and development partnership between Cross International and Cross Catholic Outreach, raised more than $131,600 at their ‘Hope for Children’ Gala, which took place May 18 at the Hilton Akron/ Fairlawn in Akron, Ohio.

All event proceeds will benefit special schools that provide more restavek children with an education, a daily meal and hope for the future.

Literally translated “stay with”, restavek children are sent away by their impoverished families to work as domestic servants in exchange for an opportunity to go to school and receive daily meals. But sadly, the reality is quite different. Many of these children are treated as slaves—they are denied an education, receive little food and are often victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

Since the annual gala began five years ago, the dynamic event has helped increase awareness of the plight of Haiti’s restaveks and brought the Ohio community together to raise more than $530,000 for these desperate children.

“These funds will make a huge impact on the lives of Haiti’s restavek children, who without this help have no other way to escape their poverty,” said event chair Jeff White of Incept Corporation. “Because of the generosity of people in our local community, impoverished restavek children in Haiti are now attending school, where they are learning employable skills that will vastly improve their futures.”

The gala was underwritten through the generous sponsorships of Equitas Group, Incept Gives Charitable Fund, International Data Management, TruPay, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hoover, New River Communications, GBS, Breakthrough Horizons LTD, Pointinger Financial, Inc., Donor Care Center, Inc., Midwest Direct, BH Solutions Group, Inc., Tire Source, InfoCision Management Corporation, Mr. and Mrs. Todd Baughman and Mr. and Mrs. Earl E. Gardner.

About Cross International Alliance

Cross International Alliance, a partnership of Cross International and Cross Catholic Outreach, is an ecumenical Christian relief and development partnership currently working in more than two dozen developing countries. In addition to providing material aid such as food, clothing, shelter and medicines, Cross supports ongoing programs that help the poor lift themselves out of poverty and thus break its vicious cycle. By working together with local pastors, missionaries and churches around the world, they ensure that the aid reaches those who need it most. For more information, visit www.crossinternational.org, www.crosscatholic.org or call 1-800-914-2420.

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