FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laura Recovery Center Receives
The Laura Recovery Center for missing
children was awarded this year's US
Department of Justice Missing Children
Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award.
The award was presented to Gay Smither and
Bob Walcutt at the annual Executive
Director's Conference of AMECO (Association
of Missing and Exploited Children’s
Organizations) in Albuquerque, New
Mexico. The award recognizes "...
outstanding contribution and commitment to
missing and exploited children" and was
presented by Katherine Darke Schmitt, an
Associate Deputy Administrator with the US
Department of Justice.
The Laura Recovery Center was
nominated for the award by Captain Shari
Burrows of the Friendswood Police
Department. In her nomination letter,
Captain Burrows noted that "This
organization has upheld high standards of
professionalism and demonstrated noteworthy
leadership in protecting children while
forging positive relationships with local
partners." In addition Captain Burrows
praised "the extraordinary effort they
display contributing to the protection of
Gay Smither, co-founder and president of the
Laura Recovery Center, stated "It is
an honor to receive this prestigious award.
We are pleased to be recognized by the
Justice Department for the work of our
dedicated staff and volunteers. Being a
warrior for missing children is often
difficult, but we know that one missing
child is one too many!"
The Laura Recovery Center is a
nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, that was
founded in Laura Smither's memory. The
Center focuses on Education, Search, and
Prevention in the area of missing children,
has offered free abduction prevention
programs to over 200,000 children throughout
the greater Houston area, worked with
approximately 1,450 families with missing
loved ones, and has organized 95 community
searches for abducted children nationwide.
The Center trains law enforcement at the
Houston Police Department training academy
and other agencies in Texas, and distributes
educational materials and child ID kits.
Recovery Center at 906 Anna Lane,
Friendswood, Texas 77546 -
281-785-1268 - or 281-482-5723,