“Protect yourself from online predators” topic of BBB Banquet

October 01, 2008

Chris Hansen, correspondent for Dateline NBC, will enlighten attendees at BBB's Torch Award Banquet on how to avoid online predators.  Hansen is well known for his Dateline series "To Catch a Predator" tracking sexual deviants who target teens online, as well as for reports tracking identity thieves and other online scammers.  His experiences and advice on avoiding these criminals will be the focus of his keynote address at the BBB banquet, which is open to the public, on Oct. 29 at the Crowne Plaza in Worcester.

Hansen's speech will be a highlight of BBB's annual awards event, this year honoring Home Staff, LLC of Worcester and JM Remodeling of Webster with the BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, and Brendan Burke, a senior at Burncoat High School in Worcester, recipient of the BBB Student Ethics Award.  BBB will also recognize volunteers and several long-standing BBB Accredited Businesses.

Reservations are being accepted through Oct. 10; admission is $70 per person, or $650 for a table of 10.  The event is selling out quickly, but there are still some high-visibility corporate sponsorships available for this well-attended event, offering exceptional value to sponsors. 

Reservation forms and details on the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Torch sponsorship opportunities are available at http://central-westernma.bbb.org/torch or by calling Rose LaFleur at 413-594-2163 Ext. 105.