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Children’s Advocacy Center Slates Annual Fundraisers

April 22, 2019

The community has embraced the Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA in its mission to serve and protect child and teen victims of abuse and neglect since it emerged 21 years ago.

Its critical role in the greater Scranton area and beyond — including Lackawanna, Carbon, Pike and Wayne counties — is evidenced by the numbers. In the last year alone, CAC-NEPA helped 720 child and teen victims.

“It’s a very sensitive, confidential service we provide, so it’s hard for people to come off the street and help kids,” said associate director Jennifer Aglialoro.

One way supporters can contribute is by attending events that ensure CAC-NEPA — a nonprofit headquartered at 1710 Mulberry St., Scranton, that relies on grants and fundraising — can remain viable.

On Friday, April 26, POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., will host the ninth annual Cocktails by Moonlight benefit, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

Admission is $75, with proceeds going to support CAC-NEPA services that include forensic medical examinations and assessments, forensic interviews, trauma therapy/counseling coordination, child advocacy, and child abuse prevention education.

With April being Child Abuse Prevention month, Cocktails by Moonlight gives the center’s staff and outstanding supporters a chance to mingle over light fare and drinks, which are included with admission, and enjoy entertainment by magician John Graham and music by Rogue Chimp Trio and the Octaves, an a capella group from University of Scranton. A silent auction will be held, and guests will have a chance to play several different games to win various gift certificates.

The night also spotlights select honorees, including Deborah Rothenberg, first district attorney of Wayne County, who will receive the Hero in Our Midst Award; Ronald McDonald House of Scranton and Dr. Melvyn Wolk, who will receive the Child Advocate Award; Penn State Scranton and Dr. Marwan Wafa, chancellor, who will receive the Distinguished Service Award; and Lauren Golden, a senior at Scranton Preparatory School, a social justice advocate and the founder of the Clubs and Keys fundraiser, who will receive the Youth Ambassador Award.

The cocktail party precedes the 15th annual Moonlight Walk/Run set for Saturday, May 4, in Nay Aug Park. Registration for that event, which includes a kids fun run as well as a 1 1/2-mile walk, 5K and 10K run, starts at 5 p.m. The kids’ race steps off at 6, the walk starts at 6:15, and runners step off at 7. To register, visit runsign up.com/moonlightrun.

In the meantime, guests at Cocktails by Moonlight can expect a nice night out that helps raise awareness while also giving CAC-NEPA’s dedicated servants and contributors an opportunity to enjoy themselves.

“The community has been terrific in trying to make it a fun, active event,” Aglialoro said. “We really feel the love of the community, and we couldn’t do it without their support.”

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If you go

What: Cocktails by Moonlight

When: Friday, April 26, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave.

Details: Tickets are $75 and include light fare and cocktails. For reservations, call 570-969-7313 or visit cacnepa.org/event/cocktails-by-moonlight.

If you go

What: Ninth annual Cocktails by Moonlight

When: Friday, April 26,

6 to 9 p.m.

Where: POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave.

Cost: Admission costs $75, with proceeds benefiting CAC-NEPA services. For tickets or more information, visit cacnepa.org or call 570-969-7313.


What: 15th annual

Moonlight Walk/Run

When: Saturday, May 4; registration, 5 p.m.; kids’ race, 6; walk, 6:15; run, 7

Where: Nay Aug Park, Scranton

Details: The walk and 5K run cost $30 in advance and $35 the day of the race. The 10K costs $35 in advance and $40 that day. The kids’ race is free. To register, visit runsign up.com/moonlightrun. Call 570-969-7313 or visit for more information.