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The Center for HOPE – NY State Missing Persons Day – April 14, 2012

Dear families,

Details on the day are coming together and we are looking forward to providing a meaningful experience for you. We realized  that during previous years families often had little or no time to talk with one another, so we plan to allow more time for communicating. Information is included below but if you need additional information give a shout. Please let us know if you will be able to attend as soon as possible, but no later than April


                                                                                                   We hope to hear from you soon.

                                                                                                                                  Doug and Mary Lyall

New York State Missing Persons Day

 Saturday April 14, 2012


The Center for HOPE would like to invite you to join with other families to commemorate New York State 11th Annual Missing Persons Day.  

When: Saturday, April 14, 2012 (9:15 am- 3:30pm –Registration & coffee starts at 8:30)

Location:  NYS Museum and Cultural Education Center on 222 Madison Ave. Albany, NY

Who Should Attend: Families affected by the unexplained or unresolved disappearance of a loved on.

What to bring: Feel free to bring posters and informational materials. Display tables will be available.

Is There Admission Charge: This is a free event.

Registration Attendance for the morning  program is by invitation only and pre registration is required. Contact the Center for Hope with your name(s), contact information, and your relationship to the missing person.

What to expect: The morning session is reserved for families.  There will be an opportunity for discussion on ways to cope and how to keep hope alive. We are pleased to have Crystal Moore serve as the facilitator for this session. Crystal is the daughter of Christine Betty Moore who has been missing since 1971 (age 34). She is an Associate Professor and Social Work Program Director at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Information tables and knowledgeable people in the field will be available during the breaks.

The afternoon session is open to all who support the mission of finding a resolution for families who have suffered a missing loved one .The program will include inspirational speakers, music and the presentation of the HOPE award. The featured speaker will be Ed Suk, Director of the National and Exploited Children- Rochester, NY branch. The closing ceremony will be at the Missing Persons Remembrance monument adjacent to the museum. 

Driving Directions:

     *     From the East: Take I-90 West to I-787 South to exit 3B to US 20 West. Continue on US 20 West (Madison Avenue) to the Museum

  • From the South: Take Thruway Exit 23 to I-787 North to Exit 4 to US 20 West. Continue on US 20 West (Madison Avenue) to the Museum
  • From the West: Take Thruway Exit 24 to I-90 East to I-787 South to exit 3B to US 20 West. Continue on US 20 West (Madison Avenue) to the Museum.
  • From the North: Take the Northway (I-87) or Route 9 to I-90 East to I-787 South to exit 3B to US 20 West. Continue on US 20 West (Madison Avenue) to the Museum.

Parking: Free parking lots are available on either side of the museum

Lodging: Hotel rooms are available at a discounted rate. Contact us for details.

Contact Information:  or 518-884-8761

Doug and Mary Lyall
Parents of Suzanne-still missing

Co-founders of The Center for Hope
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New York State Missing Persons Day– April 14, 2012

On Saturday April 14, 2012, the Center for Hope will host the 11th annual NYS Missing Persons Day event at the NYS Museum and Cultural Education Center on 222 Madison Ave. Albany, NY. This day is set aside for families and friends affected by the unexplained or unresolved disappearance of a loved one. You will be able to join together with other families, listen to stimulating speakers, and have the opportunity to interact with law enforcement and representatives of missing person’s organizations. We hope this day will provide an uplifting experience. Please click the above link for more info.

Please contact us at or 518-884-8761, if you have questions or concerns.


The Center for Hope announces Scholarships available for radKIDS
Children’s Safety Instructor Training Program.

Please read the following news release and then fill out then fill out the scholarship application if you are interested.


Read the recent article in The Saratogian about the involvement of the Center For Hope in the radKIDS program.

Please click here to view Missing Persons Day photos.


Read about Suzanne’s Law and The Suzanne Lyall Campus Safety Act


The Playing Card Program: Missing Persons, Unsolved Homicide Victims and Fugitives from Justice. A partnership with DA Murphy and the Lyalls.

Report a tip at 1-800-346-3543-ext. 2 or online at

Read the Saratogian article from February 6, 2007 about a new idea for locating missing people being explored by the Center for Hope.


  “What to do if a loved one goes missing”.
Get the brochure (PDF – 8.8mb) published by the Center for Hope,
  See pictures from the NYS missing persons Remembrance dedication on October 3, 2006.
  Read the article titled “What happens when someone goes missing.”
*Reprinted with permission from TWEENS & TEENS News, February 2006
  Flyer Creation Tool
Now you can create and print a flyer for your missing loved one using an image file stored on your computer, click this link for instructions.
  Hopeline – The Center For Hope’s Newsletter
  Learn about how you can help support the Center for Hope.
  Check out our links to other pertinent sites and Individuals.
“Recipes for Hope, Remembering Our Missing Loved Ones.”

  • 500 recipes from people all over the county
  • 8 sections, including a Pets and Kids Section
  • Hard cover with detailed illustrations
  • Helpful cooking tips and calorie counting
  • A perfect gift for friends or for yourself

On sale now! Download the order form.

Brittny Kissinger’s Whispers CD Is Now Available
Online At

This collection of touching ballads is a dedication to beloved friend Suzanne Lyall. The original title song written by Zac Kissinger is a declaration of profound hope. Proceeds from the sales of Whispers benefit the Center for Hope.



The Center for Hope, Inc. is a not for profit organization with the mission of providing resources to educate, assist and support families and friends to cope with the ambiguous disappearance of a loved one.

The primary goals of HOPE are to design and construct the “National Remorial for Missing Persons” at an appropriate location within New York State’s Capital District, and to promote and provide support, education and healing for survivors by sponsoring professionally run seminars including an annual ceremony on Missing Person’s Day.

Long-range goals include:

  • Educate all segments of the community in both awareness and prevention strategies
  • Review and evaluate legislation
  • Assist families by providing information, guidance, referrals, and advocacy services
  • Support the efforts of established agencies (local and national)
  • Encourage replication of the HOPE model in the form of local chapters
  • Serve as a coalition for organizations and individuals
  • Establish a companion hotline/online support group
  • Expedite the development of a National uniform database for all missing persons

What will be the source of financial support?
It is anticipated that money will be raised by a combination of state and Federal grants, gifts from individuals, private and corporate organizations, and fund raising efforts. The Council of Community Services of New York State is acting as the fiscal agent for “The Center for HOPE” To learn more...

HOPE has been instrumental in developing the following initiatives:

  • Federal Legislation – Suzanne Law
  • The New York State Campus Safety Act
  • The Assault and Abduction Free School Zone Bill
  • A computerized system to report information about missing persons to all toll booths and rest stops on the NYS Thruway
  • Missing person profiles are displayed in the New York State Income Tax forms
  • April 6th is proclaimed Missing Person’s Day by Governor Pataki
  • Suzanne’s Law passed and signed by President Bush on April 30, 2003, raising the age from 18 to 21 on investigations for missing persons to begin immediately after the report has been filed.
  • Established a partnership with The Nation’s Missing Children Organization and Center for Missing Adults
  • Collaborated with DCJS to develop the “Investigative Guide for Missing College Students”

… and this is just the beginning …

20 Prospect Street, Suite 103 Chocolate Factory, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, Telephone: 518-884-8761


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