Meet the MBF Staff: Events Manager, Tammy Long

Meet Tammy Long, the Events Manager for our team here at MBF! Originally from Charlotte, NC, Tammy moved to Florida in 2009 with her family and joined the Monique Burr Foundation for Children in March of 2015. In her role of Events Manager, she plans and implements events, meetings, and stewardship activities that enhance the foundation’s development efforts such as A Night at Roy’s and the Champions for Child Safety Pro Am Golf Tournament.

Her background in development and special events includes work in higher education, public school districts, media, and other non-profits. She is also a past recipient of the National School Public Relations Association’s Golden Achievement Award, which recognizes exemplary work in all aspects of school public relations, communication, marketing and engagement.

To get to know Tammy a little better, she’s answered a few questions about being a member of the MBF team, and why the safety of children and teens is important to her!

Q: Which MBF event is your favorite?  

This is such a difficult one. I love all our events! Each event helps fund our programs so that we can provide them to children who otherwise would not receive this valuable information.  If I had to choose just one, I would say our Champions for Child Safety Pro Am golf tournament. This event began with Monique, and I think it has a special place in everyone’s heart – not only at the Foundation but to those that attend.  Monique began planning this tournament to help children, and knowing that 20 years later, her vision is still moving forward, protecting and keeping children safe just makes this event that much more special.

Q: What inspires you to do your very best to keep children and teens safe? 

My children.  Seeing and hearing what they encounter each day and knowing they have the tools to make the best decisions makes me want to help provide those tools to other children.

Q: How has working at MBF helped you understand the importance of child safety? 

Our work has shown me how easily our world can be invaded by strangers, and people who intend harm through the digital windows that are open to our children.  Because I’m more knowledgeable about the digital dangers present to our children today, and after hearing testimonies from children about how our program has kept them safe, I know that not only is what we do important – it works!

Q: Do you have any advice for someone who wants to become a Champion for Child Safety? 

Get involved!  Come see MBF Child Safety Matters in a classroom to see how you can begin to implement the program.  It takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to keep a child safe!

Q: When you’re not helping keep children and teens safe, what do you enjoy doing in your free time? 

I enjoy participating and training for races and triathlons.  My first Olympic-distance triathlon is this summer and then I will begin training for my first Half Ironman in 2018!

Stay tuned for more installments in the Meet the MBF Staff blog series to get to know our team!

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