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By DAN DEARTH | | March 10, 2012
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.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | June 24, 2012
Only painter's tape and carpet ready for shampooing prevent Lydia Kovach from calling her new house a home. On Sunday, Kovach ceremonially received the keys to 522 S. Main St., a house in the Borough of Chambersburg that was rehabilitated by Habitat for Humanity. Organization officials and Franklin County, Pa., dignitaries crowded into what will be her living room. Kovach's house is the 29th completed by Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County. “Without everybody pulling together, these things wouldn't happen,” said David Spang, president of the local board of directors.
By MAGGIE WOLFF PETERSON | Special to The Herald-Mail | March 9, 2013
For 129 years, children in Washington County have had a safe haven in times when home life is untenable, or trouble is in their way. That place, since 1927, has been known as the San Mar Children's Home in Boonsboro. Here, girls whose homes are too difficult to navigate, and girls whose paths are leading them into danger, find shelter and programming that gives them a chance at a better future. And the future, for those who attend the home's upcoming annual Showcase of the Stars, might include a ride in an L-39 Albatros military jet. The showcase is on Friday, March 15, at Hagar Hall Conference & Event Center, and will feature six amateur groups competing in a lip-synch contest, with judging akin to that on "American Idol," said Daniel C. Day, director of development and marketing for San Mar. Lawyers, doctors, clergy and business leaders will compete for judges, including radio and television personality Lou Scally, District Court Judge Dana Moylan Wright and attorney Carl Disque, who is also the organizer of the annual Western Maryland Blues Festival.
By ERIN JULIUS | April 27, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - An innovative juggler and ventriloquist entertained the crowd Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre during the second annual Evening of Comedy & Magic, held to benefit Safe Place, Washington County's Child Advocacy Center. Kaitlyn Hollinger, 10, attended the event last year and thought it was exciting. This year, she brought a friend. "My best friend, Kaitlyn, said it was fun and I would have a great time," Angelina VanPelt said. Kaitlyn's little brother, 6-year-old Kameron Hollinger, called the magic show "very very cool.
May 10, 2009
W. Christopher Motz, lchairman of the board of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce; Brien Poffenberger, Chamber president; and Jeanne Singer, a Chamber board member, present a check to Teresa Thorn, executive director of Friends of Safe Place Child Advocacy Center Inc. The check represents the money raised through the Chamber of Commerce Women's Golf Challenge on behalf of Friends of Safe Place.
By MARLO BARNHART | May 5, 1999
A child advocacy center in Washington County may become a reality if area police, prosecutors and social workers have their say. "This would be a safe, central place for sexually abused children that is child-friendly," said Stephanie Andrews, a social worker with the Washington County Department of Social Services. In Huntsville, Ala., it's called The Little House. "At such a place, a child victim could be interviewed just once by everybody ... in a quiet, safe place," Andrews said.
July 25, 2009
Golden Living Center of Hagerstown recently donated $500 to Friends of Safe Place, Washington County Child Advocacy Center, during a check presentation at 24 N. Walnut St. in Hagerstown. Safe Place will use the donation to purchase supplies. The donation was made in collaboration with Aegis Therapies and AseraCare Hospice and Home Health. On hand for the presentaton were Bill Boyer, executive director of Golden Living Center; Maryland Del. Christopher Shank; Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith; Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore; Tessa Thorn, program manager of Safe Place; and Helen Baucum, director of sales, marketing and admissions at Golden Living Center.
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