Compete for Awareness

Fort Myers, Fla.– The Photo Patch Foundation, Inc. is hosting its “Compete for Awareness” charity fundraiser on Saturday, October 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at HeadPinz Entertainment Center. The event will raise awareness of the challenges faced by children who have an incarcerated parent. The format is a 12 team tournament with 6 people per team who will earn points based on bowling and laser tag. Each team will consist of 4 adults and 2 children with incarcerated parents.

The Photo Patch Foundation offers unique and free software to these children. The kids can upload photos and type letters on the Photo Patch web platform. The foundation ensures printing, packaging and delivering of Monthly Time Lines so children can share their strides with their incarcerated parent. According to Antoine Patton, Executive Director, “1 in every 28 children in the United States has an incarcerated parent. Instead of overlooking these children, we have chosen to look out for them. We have chosen to look out for them. We strive to end the cycle of inter-generational incarceration.”

The foundation is offering various sponsorship opportunities to businesses who wish to support the event or sponsor the cost for a child to stay in touch with their incarcerated parent. Event committee volunteers include Alliance Financial Group, DryZone, iPartnerMedia, Jackets for Juniors, Northwestern Mutual, Simplified Technologies, Testimonial Tree and Bonita Springs YMCA. Inquiries should be submitted to the Compete for Awareness committee at [email protected]

The Photo Patch Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that exists to support the 2.7 million children in the United States of America who have at least one incarcerated parent. The foundation’s “Patch It” program is a free technology platform that allows children to share photos and letters with their incarcerated parent using internet connected devices such as smart phones, tablets and computers. This system helps children reduce separation anxiety and traumatic stress caused by the incarceration of their parent. Learn more at www.photo-patch.org/event.html.