More than 1,000 children and their families came through the Safe Place Child Advocacy Center to receive treatment for abuse last year.
Safe Place Executive Director Mooch Mutchler said the high abuse rate was one of the reasons the organization held its 6th Annual Family Evening of Comedy Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. He said he hoped the event, which cost $20 per ticket, would raise close to $7,500.
"It helps with all kinds of operating expenses," Mutchler said. "We’re grateful staff and friends help put on programs like these."
The 2 1/2-hour show featured multiple acts, including Antje Pode, a German performer who laid on her back, and simultaneously juggled oranges with her hands and suitcases with her feet.
Smithsburg resident Jennifer Egupov said before the show that she heard about the event from a flier that her 7-year-old son, Nathan, brought home from school.She said the admission price was well worth the cost.