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Charity Ball raises $200,000 for Children’s Advocacy Center


2017 Charity Ball Committee

The 69th Annual Mount Nittany Medical Center Charity Ball, themed A Starlit Evening on the Serengeti, raised a record breaking $200,000 for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Centre County, Mount Nittany Health.

One of Mount Nittany Health Foundation’s premier fundraisers, more than 600 attendees gathered at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center for the event, chaired by Melissa Hawbaker and co-chaired by Gina Woskob, Saturday, February 11, 2017. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception featuring musical entertainment by Yamoussa Camara Drum and Dance, followed by African-themed cuisine stations and the Philadelphia-based dance band, EBE Events & Entertainment’s Monte Carlo.

Corporate sponsors, including Masai Lion sponsors, Alexander Building Construction – A Butz Family Company and Mount Nittany Physician Group; individual donations; ticket sales; an online auction; and the Mercedes-Benz European Driving Adventure Raffle — courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of State College — helped to make the evening a success. More than $22,000 was raised by the raffle. The online auction raised a record high total of $47,000, and gave bidders the opportunity to bid on more than 100 items ranging from local gift cards to a Disney vacation package, sports packages, a Hotel Hershey Sweet Spa retreat, fine jewelry and more.

“I have been fortunate to work alongside so many dedicated and caring Charity Ball committee members over the past three years. A good committee is paramount to the success in raising funds and in creating a special evening to celebrate our cause and our community,” says Hawbaker. “We are thankful for organizations like the Children's Advocacy Center that help children and families during a time of great need.”

The Children’s Advocacy Center serves children with reports of abuse or neglect, and those who may have witnessed abuse. Through a child-centered approach, the Center is a safe and friendly place where children, families and all parties involved in the intervention and investigative process can work in partnership.

The Center’s mission is to provide a community-based, child-focused center for the prevention, identification, intervention and treatment of child abuse. Services are provided at no cost to the family, in a five-county territory that includes Centre, Clinton, Mifflin, Huntington and Blair counties. The proceeds from the Charity Ball directly benefit children who experience abuse, with the goal of giving those in need access to nationally recognized services and specialized care.

“Every time we serve a family or a child — every time that a child is heard — that matters. When we hear from families who are grateful that we’re here to help that makes us feel successful,” shares Kristina Taylor-Porter, MA, director, Children’s Advocacy Center. “I am so proud of the roots that have been established, but going forward, the Children’s Advocacy Center will still rely heavily on the support of the community.”

Next year’s Charity Ball is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2018.

For more information on the Children’s Advocacy Center, visit To learn more about Mount Nittany Health Foundation, visit

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