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Are Peter Whitmore, John Couey, Joseph Mark McCormick and Joseph Smith somehow fashionistas?
How is bringing the cause of missing children to the attention of the fashion industry, going to bring more missing children home? It could be a great fund raising effort for an organization already receiving $35 million in funding annually from the Department of Justice.
However, if there are 2,000 reported missing children everyday as the NCMEC suggests, maybe Ernie Allen should have left his seat open and just placed an ad in Vogue? The only coverage this event may have received is on the NCMEC site. View the missing children posters as they may never have a chance to read or grace the pages of a fashion magazine.
“…Symbolizing all missing children, the “Empty Seat” will remain vacant during the entire show as part of an effort between Carmen Marc Valvo and global natural stone giant Cosentino to raise awareness and funds for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).
Are there parents or Law Enforcement or others who have never heard of the NCMEC? If you want to raise awareness, why not recover missing children faster and report accurate meaningful statistics?
“I have always tried to give back to the communities that have supported me over the years, but there are so many worthy organizations that need and deserve more attention from our society,” said Carmen Marc Valvo, “This year, I am leaving one front row seat empty to put the real focus on who isn’t at the show, instead of who is.”
I doubt Elian Majano, Danielle Jimenez, Trenton Duckett and all the rest of the missing and abducted children this year attended.
Seated beside the “Empty Seat” will be Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC and Soledad O’Brien, children’s advocate and anchor for CNN’s American Morning. “We are grateful to Carmen Marc Valvo and Cosentino for their generosity to our mission of helping to keep children safer,” said Ernie Allen. “By bringing our cause to the attention of the fashion industry and its enthusiasts they are opening new doors to bring more missing children home…”