Knuckle supper author Drew Stepek has reached his first goal to raise awareness and donations for the Children of the Night facility in Los Angeles, CA. Through the Knuckle Supper fan base support on Facebook, Stepek was able to donate some much needed computer and creative equipment.
Children of the Night is a privately funded non-profit organization established in 1979 and dedicated to rescuing America’s children from the ravages of prostitution.
The Children of the Night home is open to American child prostitutes (ages 11-17) throughout the United States, and the Children of the Night hotline is ready and able to rescue these children 24 hours a day. Our hotline staff works closely with law enforcement to rescue children from vile, dominating pimps.
“Going to Children of the Night and meeting with Dr. Lois Lee was an eye-opening experience,” says Stepek. “Even though the shelter is filled with positive and hopeful energy, the underlying horrors of the streets ring all too real when standing face-to-face with these incredibly strong children.”
In March of 2010, Stepek approached his publisher about forming an alliance with Children of the Night so that he could be involved in helping the cause. After Dr. Lois Lee approved the relationship that involved Alphar donating 10% of the hardcover profits and $1 from each digital download to Children of the Night, Stepek was off and running. By giving away Xbox 360s, Amazon Kindles, Amazon gift Certificates and T-Shirts, Drew helped double Children of the Night’s Facebook presence and secured close to $500 in necessary donations.
“As Americans, we must not forget the exclusive American tradition of grassroots organizations and volunteerism that has helped us attack some of our largest social problems,” stated Dr. Lois Lee, Founder and President, Children of the Night. “Today, Drew Stepek demonstrated what can be done by one person to help many American children victimized by prostitution. Drew’s generous donation of computers for our classroom and shelter home will help our children pursue their educations and move into successful adult lives.”
On July 28th, the author brought Children of the Night some helpful tech equipment that included iMacs, Mac Powerbooks, HP laptops, monitors, printers and media centers.
“At one point Dr. Lee asked me if I could get her Adobe Photoshop because the girls were asking for it,” Stepek remembers. “I think that this shows how dedicated she is to furthering the creative and education environment within her facility.”
Stepek continues, “If she wants me to teach them the program, I’d be happy to take the time to do so.”
During the months of August and September leading up to the release of Knuckle Supper, Stepek is also giving away two iPads and several publishing contracts to continue raising awareness. To find out more details go to The Knuckle Supper Facebook Page.
Stepek’s Knuckle Supper is published by Alphar Publishing, a small, indie publisher based out of New Zealand that also published Stepek’s first novel Godless in 2006. Knuckle Supper is set to release in digital format on October 10th, 2010 and in hardcover on October 12th.
Description: Los Angeles’ drugs are run by the undead.
When the LA heroin-addicted vampire and gang leader named RJ reluctantly takes in a twelve year-old prostitute called Bait, humanity is introduced to his otherwise lifeless existence.
An unforgiving, vicious and realistic horror story, Knuckle Supper explores chemical dependency, inner-city brutality, religion, molestation, abortion and the very nature of evil itself.
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