Worthington Scranton student raises $2K for Children's Advocacy Center

August 23, 2012

When Patricia Masters, a nursing student at Penn State Worthington Scranton, decided to hold a fundraiser to benefit victims of child sexual abuse as her final Social Problems 005 class project, she wasn’t exactly sure what the end result would be.

On August 7 she found out.

The Happy Hour Fundraiser at Kildare’s in downtown Scranton that evening raised nearly $2,000 for The Children’s Advocacy Center, which provides a full range of services to children who are victims of abuse, and a lot of awareness for the Center and its cause. Organizers estimated the attendance that night at over 150 individuals.

Students, faculty and the general public paid $20 to attend, half of which was donated by Kildare’s to the Center, and raffle tickets also were sold. A total of 28 gift baskets were available, a testament to Masters' hard work, and some of her fellow classmates prior to the event persuaded local businesses and vendors to donate items so that additional funds could be raised.

Maripat O’Donnell, instructor for the Social Problems 005 class, praised Masters’ efforts. “Patricia really worked very hard on this and I’m glad to see it turned out so well,” she said on the evening of the event, as friends and supporters started filing into Kildare’s for the event.

Mary Ann LaPorta, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center, said that local Penn State Worthington Scranton alumni historically have been supportive of the CAC’s efforts and mission, but with this particular effort she found it even more philosophically important that the initiative for this fundraiser came through a student at the campus.

“We were all energized and inspired by the level of commitment that Patricia had," said LaPorta, "Even more impressive was that she made the connection between the curriculum of the course she was studying and the tragedy of child abuse, and took it upon herself to do something about it.”

The Children’s Advocacy Center in Scranton is a non-profit organization that helps victims of child abuse. However, despite its non-profit status, it receives no dedicated funding from state or local sources and relies on fundraisers, as well as grants, individual donors and other sources.

To learn more about the CAC and its efforts, or become a volunteer or donor, visit the CAC's newly launched website: cacnepa.org.


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Last Updated August 23, 2012