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On 1-Year Anniversary of Their Escape, Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors Among Honorees at National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Hope Awards

Other Honorees Include Washington Redskins Owner Daniel M. Snyder and Wife Tanya Snyder, and Broadcast Journalist Meredith Vieira

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - April 30, 2014) -

What: On Tuesday, May 6, at the 12th annual Hope Awards Dinner, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children will recognize the courage of survivors and the contributions of individuals in the fight to protect children from victimization. The awards are presented each May in honor of National Missing Children's Day. 

Honorees Include:

Amanda Berry and Georgina DeJesus

On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry, Georgina DeJesus and Michelle Knight escaped from a Cleveland home where they had been held captive for about 10 years and subjected to horrific abuse. Berry and DeJesus, who were children when they were captured, will be honored for their courage and resilience and for giving hope to families still searching for their missing children.

Daniel M. Snyder and Tanya Snyder

Owner of the Washington Redskins, Daniel M. Snyder and his wife, Tanya, are recognized as some of the Washington area's most prominent community leaders and philanthropists. They have been long-time supporters of NCMEC, providing the funds to build the Daniel M. Snyder and Family Communications Center, NCMEC's 24/7 call center.

David Goldman and Sean Goldman

Sean Goldman's 2004 abduction to Brazil by his mother gained national attention during his father David's fight to bring him home. The five-year battle involved courts in the U.S. and Brazil, President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After years of separation, Sean was returned to his father in 2009. David continues to be an advocate for victims of international child abduction.

Meredith Vieira

Vieira is a 14-time Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist and television host and moderator. She has worked extensively to bring needed attention to cases of missing and exploited children, including her coverage of David Goldman's fight to bring his son Sean home from Brazil. Currently, Vieira serves as a special correspondent for NBC News programming, including "Today" and the "NBC Nightly News," and serves as producer and correspondent for "Meredith Vieira Specials," a series of hour-long prime-time shows. She will host her new nationally syndicated daytime show, "The Meredith Vieira Show," starting in September.

Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly

Kelly is a 43-year veteran of the New York Police Department and the first person to hold the position of police commissioner of the City of New York for two separate periods of time. He has been a vital supporter of NCMEC, earning the reputation as a "hands-on" leader in cases of critically missing children.

Temar Boggs and Chris Garcia

Fifteen-year-old Boggs and 13-year-old Garcia gained national attention on July 11, 2013, for their role in the recovery of an abducted 5-year-old girl in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, neighborhood. The boys spotted the abductor's vehicle in their neighborhood and began chasing it on their bikes. The spooked driver tossed the girl out of the van and sped away. Boggs and Garcia were able to deliver her to nearby law enforcement. The boys' actions brought the girl home safely and helped lead to the arrest of the suspect.

Media will have access to the award presentations during the dinner and an opportunity to speak with some of the honorees and special guests prior to the event. Participants in this media availability prior to the event include:

  • Daniel M. Snyder and Tanya Snyder
  • Meredith Vieira
  • David Goldman
  • Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly
  • John Ryan, NCMEC president and CEO
  • John Walsh, NCMEC co-founder
  • Patty Wetterling, Chair of the Board of NCMEC and mother of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted at the age of 11 in 1989 and is still missing.
  • John O'Hurley, actor and master of ceremonies for the event.

When: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Media Availability: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Award Presentations: 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Where: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

All media who plan to attend must RSVP to [email protected] or call 703-837-6111.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children. Authorized by Congress to serve as the nation's clearinghouse on these issues, NCMEC operates a hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), and has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 196,000 children. NCMEC also operates the CyberTipline, a mechanism for reporting child pornography, child sex trafficking and other forms of child sexual exploitation. Since it was created in 1998, more than 2.4 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation have been received, and more than 111 million suspected child pornography images have been reviewed. NCMEC works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To learn more about NCMEC, visit Follow NCMEC on Twitter and like NCMEC on Facebook

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
(703) 837-6111
[email protected]

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