Amber’s Benefit Needs Sponsors

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A benefit for slain Escondido teen Amber Dubois is planned for Saturday, June 26 at Kit Carson Park.  However, a sponsorship of $439 is needed for the show to go on, as an insurance policy with the city of Escondido still needs to be purchased.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Dubois' Foundation, "No More," to assist families with missing children. Two bills sponsored by the "No More" passed the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday with a unanimous vote.

The first bill, the ‘Missing Child Notification Act,’ would reduce law enforcement’s reporting timeframe of a missing child case into the National Crime Information Center from 4 hours to 2 hours.

The second bill, the ‘Department of Justice Missing Person Resource Coordinator,’ would establish a position in the Department of Justice for an individual to coordinate all local, state, and federal resources available to law enforcement when a child is reported missing.

A final bill, which establishes written procedures for law enforcement to follow when a child is reported missing, will be heard on Tuesday, June 29.

A full day of music is planned for the event on Saturday, with over fifteen artists scheduled to perform throughout the day. In addition, various vendors, painters, jugglers, and balloon makers will be around to entertain people of all ages.

The event is being organized by Michelle Quintanar and Willie Tuckerson, a local couple who stepped up to organize the first Amber Dubois benefit.

“I just love them all, they’re just so nice,” Quintanar said of her interactions with the Dubois family. “It’s just a wonderful family. I have children and grandchildren and I just can’t even imagine the pain they’re going through.  I don’t want Amber to ever be forgotten so we’ll do this every year for her.”

While the event is free, event organizers are still hoping to raise a good amount of money.  A dedication and opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. and entertainment begins at 11 a.m.

For more information or if you would like to sponsor, call event organizers Quintanar or Tuckerson at 760-520-4135 or 760-658-2688.

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