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Shawn Stockman & Boyz II Men Wage War Against Child Abuse & Neglect

Gitte Meldgaard

Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman Stricking A Pose.

For 20 years Boyz II Men, which includes founding member Shawn Stockman and his bandmates Nathan and Wanya Morris, has been winning millions of fans around the world with their harmonies, hits, and presence.

Shawn and the Boyz marked their 20th anniversary this year by releasing the aptly titled, Twenty, last fall. Boyz II Men will have a residency at famed Las Vegas venue the Mirage, starting March 1st, 2013 and will also be joining New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees on a hotly-anticipated Package Tour this summer.

In addition to touring and creating albums with his group Boyz II Men, R&B singer Stockman has also brought his musical talent as a judge on NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Sharonda Jones and their children.

Founded in 1959 by Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp® is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp's approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This Friday February 8th, the organization will be hosting it's 3rd Annual Childhelp Celebrity Golf Invitational in Rancho, Mirage, California. Singer LeAnn Rimes will be performing and celebs such as Maks from Dancing with the Stars and Alice Cooper will be teeing off.

Interview conducted via email by Giacinta Pace.

Q: What is your cause and how did you get involved?

Stockman: We performed at the annual Childhelp Drive The Dream gala in Arizona on January 12, 2013. It was a great way to start the new year. Childhelp is one of the country’s leading nonprofit helping kids suffering from child abuse and neglect. They focus on prevention and have resources for treatment and intervention including the nation’s only 24/7 expert National Child Abuse Hotline. 

Q: there any particularly memorable experiences you have had with this organization?

Stockman: Performing at the Drive The Dream gala was a blast. We had a great time and look forward to continuing our support for Childhelp.

Q: Why is it important for celebs to support charities?

Stockman: Outside of the moral obligations, it's important for celebrities to support a cause because of how many people we reach at one time. By supporting a cause, we bring awareness to a multitude of people. Its good for the cause we're bringing awareness to and the outreach can help with a possible solution. 

Q: What do you hope for the future of this organization?

Stockman: Childhelp will become the go to organization for any child abuse related conversation, incident and prevention. Childhelp’s programs and services are expanding and include residential treatment services, children's advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education and training; and the National Day of Hope®, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April.
 
Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Stockman: We are proud to support this organization and look forward to seeing them grow. Also, we have a non-profit called "The BoyzIIMen House", our slogan is we are an organization that helps organizations in need! Because there are three indidviduals in the group, we support different causes, one I (Shawn) support is the support of families autistic children. My organization is called Micah's Voice, named after my own son who was diagnosed with autism at age 2! A web site will be up in about 2 weeks that will be a informational site concerning the condition. We are honored to do as much as we can for who we can, and we will continue to throughout our careers!