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12/31/2014

Burgers, Football and Foster Care

What do burgers, flag football and foster care have in common?  Children’s Bureau.  At least that’s what Jeff Nicosia of Industrious Films thought when he won The Habit Burger Grill Truck in a live auction at Children’s Bureau’s Celebrity Chefs & Wine Tasting event in October.  Jeff is also Founder of Beach Cities Sports (BCS) which runs the youth flag football league in the South Bay and surrounding communities.  Since 2008, over 4,000 kids ages 5 to 13 have participated in the flag football program.  In December, BCS hosted its Super Bowl event that included championship games and other festivities for families to enjoy throughout the day, including tasty burgers from The Habit Burger Grill Truck.  Children’s Bureau folks were also on hand to talk with those interested in learning more about the agency’s child abuse prevention and treatment work.  Mollie Jelks, a foster and adoptive mom, happily shared her experiences with others and encouraged folks to learn more about how to help children in need. Beach Cities Sports furthered its support of Children’s Bureau by offering an ongoing pro bono display ad on its website.  Also, The Habit Burger Grill’s President & CEO Russ Bendel and his wife, Judi, attended the Celebrity Chefs & Wine Tasting event to see first-hand a total of three of the food trucks quickly raise more than $8,000 that evening for Children’s Bureau.

Children’s Bureau is grateful for the generosity of corporate partnerships like these as they are vital to helping expand the foster care agency’s reach into the community and furthering its mission to prevent and treat child abuse. If your company is interested in partnering with Children’s Bureau, please contact Alice Gordon at alicegordon@all4kids.org.

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