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VSU sorority raises money for child abuse

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Members of a Valdosta State University are working to prevent child abuse.

They're raising money for the Children's Advocacy Center.

In the last three years,the center has lost 65 percent of its government funding, so they need community support more than ever.

If you eat at Barbarito's restaurant Wednesday you're putting your money not only towards food but also for a good cause.

"They're giving 10 percent of the day's proceeds to our shamrock," Kappa Delta sorority member Mary Agramonte.

This is one of the ways the Kappa Delta sorority is raising money for child abuse prevention. The women are also hosting the 16th Annual Shamrock Flag Football Tournament Saturday.

"Eighty percent of the money stays here and goes towards the Children's Advocacy Center," said Agramonte. "Twenty percent goes to prevent Child Abuse America."

"The funding that's in jeopardy right now is our state and federal funding which has been cut by 65 percent over the last three years," said Children's Advocacy Director Brenda Johnson.

Half of CAC's budget comes from community support and fundraiser's like Kappa Delta's.

"We do not charge for our services to our families or our agencies like law enforcement or DFACS," said Johnson.

The CAC's observation room has been dedicated to the sorority for its support. The center provides therapy to children and other services.

"We provide forensic interviews which aid law enforcement mainly the sheriff's office and the Valdosta Police Department interviewing children, after a disclosure of abuse," said Johnson.

She says 80 percent of the children they see have been sexually abused. The other percentages include physical abuse and witness to a homicide or domestic violence.

"We're hoping people will come out to the tournament, buy our Chik-Fila meals, buy our t-shirts, coozies and do whatever we can to put us over the $20,000 mark."

Last year, the sorority raised $18,000.

The football tournament is from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. at the fields behind the VSU recreation center Saturday.

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