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ABA Raises $40,000 for Charlotte's A Child's Place

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 9, 2012) – A Child’s Place, a local nonprofit that helps homeless children in Charlotte, N.C., was presented with a check for $40,000 today from members of the American Bus Association (ABA) at the annual ABA Marketplace at the Charlotte Convention Center.

ABA members held several events during Marketplace, Jan. 5 - 9, to raise money for A Child’s Place. Each year, ABA selects a local nonprofit as part of its Marketplace Gives Back program. With this donation, Marketplace Gives Back has now raised more than $240,000 for deserving nonprofits in communitues where Marketplace has been held since 2007.

 “Since A Child’s Place was selected to be part of Marketplace Gives Back, our nonprofit has been thrilled to work with the American Bus Association and its members. This wonderful $40,000 donation will be used to improve the lives of homeless children. The ABA’s members have been so incredibly generous, and I know our children thank them for the kindness," said Annabelle Suddreth, the Executive Director of A Child’s Place.

 “For seven years the ABA has worked closely with many great local nonprofits that are truly making a difference in their communities and there is no better example of that than with A Child’s Place. The team in Charlotte is committed to making sure those boys and girls who have been put into the terribly difficult situation of being homeless have equal educational opportunities,” said ABA President and CEO Peter J. Pantuso. “The ABA and its members are honored to help raise the money and also raise the public’s awareness of the problem of homeless children and how education and keeping them in school is essential to their success,” added Mr. Pantuso.

About American Bus Association
The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry with more than 1,000 motorcoach owners and tour company members in the U.S. and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,600 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.
About A Child's Place
A Child’s Place (ACP) works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education. ACP began in 1989 when a group of women were walking through the cemetery in downtown Charlotte and noticed a group of kids playing. When asked why the kids were not in school the children explained that they were not allowed to enroll in school without a permanent address. The group of women began offering school for this group of 27 children in a one room schoolhouse provided by First Presbyterian Church with a teacher from CMS. In 1989, the McKinney-Vento Act was passed protecting the educational rights of homeless children ensuring they are provided the necessities they need to regularly attend school. Since that first class of 27 ACP client children we have grown to help 2,228 homeless children during the 2011-12 school year. achildsplace.org