We love the work we do for our non-profit organizations, I’m not sure there is a more fulfilling and rewarding aspect of video production than using your talents to help other people.
Today, we were fortunate enough to attend Project Harmony’s (Omaha, NE) 6th annual “Speaking of Children” event at the Century Link Center with a sellout crowd of 1200. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to produce the main video for the event, which tells a story all too familiar.
Our video tells the story of Tye, who was 6-months-old when he was the victim of child abuse at the hands of his daycare provider. The similarities between Tye’s story and that of our daughter Alexis are so close that it is almost eerie. Both of them were abused by women who had been taking care of children for a long period of time and came with impeccable recommendations. Both providers had abused children in the months leading up to the most serious incident, but other parents at the daycare were unaware it had happened. And both Tye’s Mom Megan, and my wife Tiffany had intuitive feelings that something “just wasn’t right” in the weeks leading up to the abuse.
It was an absolute pleasure to meet Tye’s parents Megan and T.J. They are both remarkable parents, whose careers revolve around helping children.
The event today included a speech by boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard, who was speaking publicly for the first time since he revealed in his book “The Big Fight: My Life in and out of the Ring” that he was the victim of sexual abuse twice by coaches when he was a young boxer. Sugar Ray has shown amazing courage by coming forward and shedding light on an extremely difficult subject. He hopes it will inspire others to come forward and do the same.
We enjoyed working on the video and getting to meet some outstanding people at Project Harmony. Very few cities across the country have a facility that contains every department that is part of a child abuse investigation in the same building. The communication and cooperation this arrangement fosters between various departments has tremendous benefits, including reducing the stress on children that have suffered abuse and increasing the likelihood of prosecution of perpetrators.
It was a great day, great event and worthwhile project. We can’t wait to do it again next year!