Kaplan fundraiser benefits animal shelter

September 07, 2010
  • From left, Lisa Copenhaver, Kaplan University's dean of student affairs; Paul Miller, executive director of the Humane Society; and Bonnie Mazzocchi, student success coordinator at Kaplan.
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Employees of Kaplan University recently donated the proceeds from their jeans day program to the Humane Society of Washington County.

On Aug. 27, Kaplan University's Lisa Copenhaver, dean of student affairs, and Bonnie Mazzocchi, student success coordinator, presented the donation of $196 to Paul Miller, the animal shelter's executive director.

"Each month, employees are permitted to wear jeans to work on a specific weekday if they donate $5 toward that month's chosen charity," said Shannon Cianelli, director of career services.

"For the month of July, they chose to help the Humane Society of Washington County."

Copenhaver said this type of fundraiser serves a dual purpose.

"It is a fun, but educational project because information on the chosen organization is posted for employees and students to read," Copenhaver said.

"This is done to promote awareness of the organization we are helping that month and to promote the idea of giving back to the community."


Kaplan University is at 18618 Crestwood Drive, off Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown.

It offers a variety of areas of study, including allied health, business, criminal justice, design, information technology and paralegal studies.

The Humane Society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2060 or go to for information about animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

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