KidSafe Foundation, a non-profit organization established to help prevent child sexual abuse, is honoring Gold Medal gymnast Aly Raisman as the National Child Advocate of the Year at its ninth annual gala on March 10 at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton.
Aly Raisman is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished gymnasts in American history. A native of Needham, Massachusetts, Raisman is a two-time team captain and six-time Medalist. In her New York Times best-selling memoir, Fierce, she shares the highs and lows of her journey, including her survival of sexual abuse.
“Aly’s bravery in telling her story will undoubtedly help protect children throughout the world from sexual abuse,” said Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA, co-founder & executive director KidSafe Foundation. “Aly has served as a role model for years through her accomplishments as an athlete and now an advocate for sexual abuse survivors. The strength she has demonstrated through speaking out to push for change is truly making a difference in saving children’s lives. We are so thrilled to honor her.”
The “Shine the Light” Gala will also honor local restaurateur Rocco Mangel of Rocco’s Tacos as the Child Advocate of the Year for 2018. Serving as a voice for MS, Rocco has raised $140,000 for the National MS Society. He has also contributed time and money to the KidSafe Foundation, ALS Association, Leukemia/Lymphona Society, Toys for Tots, Tri-County Humane Society, March of Dimes, Palm Beach Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and other organizations.
All funds raised at the “Shine the Light” Gala will go towards KidSafe’s extensive programs that bring direct services to thousands of children and adults. Gala Co-Chairs are Sung Knowles and Julissa Caballero. The Gala will feature singer Kendra Erika who recently hit the Billboard Dance Club Top 10 with her breakthrough hit single “Oasis.” The evening will include a premium open bar, dinner, dancing, silent auction and live auction hosted by Neil Saffer.