$2,500 was recently raised for Shared Hope International at the Salmon Creek Business Group’s sixth annual golf tournament. Nearly 50 golfers supported this year’s event held at Tri-Mountain golf course, sponsored by Umpqua Bank and Columbia River Occupational Health. Each year, the Salmon Creek Business Group chooses a new beneficiary for the tournament proceeds with past recipients being Safe Kids Clark County (supporting the life jacket stations program), local middle schools’ music and athletic programs, Legacy Salmon Creek’s therapy mural, and more. The complete list of beneficiaries can be located on the Salmon Creek Business Group’s website under community involvement. http://salmoncreek.biz/about-us/community-involvement/ Shared Hope International was chosen because of their mission to eradicate sex trafficking, but also because Interstate 5 continues to be a top location for transporting young teen girls from Washington to other areas of the country; a spot in Ridgefield continues to be a top exchange location. Even as of recently, this organization assisted with the local police to catch a criminal just as they were about to load a teen on a private plane and now they will be able to prosecute this man and those involved. Brodi Ayers, Manager of Awareness & Defender Resources, shared some of the ways these men nurture and cultivate young girls with the golf tournament participants and how they can get more information or contact them to coordinate a presentation to their office or school.
“Prevention is instrumental in protecting children from being lured into trafficking. With the help of Salmon Creek Business Group, Shared Hope International will be able to continue providing prevention education to children in Washington and across the United States. Shared Hope is honored to be chosen as the benefactor for this year’s golf tournament,” stated Linda Smith, President and Founder Shared Hope International.
The Salmon Creek Business Group was established in 2010 with the intention of bringing information and events to the Salmon Creek area businesses. With nearly 75 members, the Salmon Creek Business Group promotes growth and development in Salmon Creek; to collaborate and share ideas, strategies and resources; to inform local businesses on matters that may impact their business; and to benefit the community by organizing and participating in fundraising efforts.