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Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children Holding Fundraiser

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CHESTER, NJ - Street Smart, an outreach program run through the Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children, is holding a Tricky Tray and Bingo Event in Chester in September.

The event will be held Sept. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at Hoffman Hall, on Main Street in Chester.

According to a release, the event will include games, prizes, food and fun to support at-risk youth. It is being sponsored by Pfizer, the Randolph Kiwanis and the Rotary Club of Morristown.

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The Street Smart team, the release said, works to help combat human trafficking and protect vulnerable youth. Workers provide food, clothing and blankets, as well as access to shelter, crisis intervention counseling, transportation to services and referrals to health care and social service agencies.

The team, the release said, also provides information on HIV/AIDS and safe sex, rape crisis support, substance abuse education and aid in finding jobs.

There are two offices for the organization, in Bridgewater and Morristown.

Proceeds from the event will benefit youth who are homeless or at risk of being sexually abused or exploited. Tickets are $30 each, and include lunch, one packet of 10 Bingo games and a chance to win a door prize.

In addition, beverages, additional Bingo games and basket raffle tickets are available for purchase.

The event is for adults only. Tickets can be purchased at http://tinyurl.com/os3c2gc.

“We are looking forward to a fun and exciting Tricky Tray and Bingo event to benefit the youth we serve,” Jennifer Amaya, Street Smart’s director of outreach and prevention, said in the release. “Youth homelessness and human trafficking are major issues within our communities. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in 2014, one in six runaways reported were likely sex-trafficking victims. Within 48 hours of hitting the street, a runaway will be approached by someone in the trafficking industry. Street Smart is making a tremendous impact on the lives of hundreds of youth. We invite the community to join us for an afternoon of fun for a meaningful cause.”

For more information, contact Adriana Gonzalez at 908-526-6605, ext. 312, or agonzalez@somersethome.org.

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