SAFEchild Campaign Raises more than $800,000 for its Child Abuse Prevention Programs

SAFEchild Campaign Raises more than $800,000 for its Child Abuse Prevention Programs

Surpassing its Goal by more than $100,000

Raleigh, NC (August 2015) –SAFEchild announces that its annual fundraising campaign has raised more than $800,000 from individual donors, corporate sponsors and matching gifts, surpassing its goal by more than $100,000. This is the most successful fundraising campaign in the history of the organization founded in 1993. These funds will be used to support the needs of child abuse victims and provide child abuse prevention programs to children and families in Wake County.

Under the leadership of Anita Blomme Pinther, campaign chair, Rick Guirlinger, honorary chair, and Pat Wilkins, president of the board of directors, a team of community campaigners inspired support from more than 1,000 donors.

SAFEchild’s successful fundraising results include initial gifts raised to honor the agency’s former executive director, Marjorie Menestres, who retired on June 30, 2015 after 22 years of dedicated service to the organization. Gifts in Menestres’ honor are designated for expanding the capacity and services at the SAFEchild Advocacy Center.  The Multi-Disciplinary Team room at the advocacy center will be named in honor and appreciation of Menestres.

“We are incredibly grateful for Marjorie’s longtime commitment, leadership and vision to build SAFEchild into what it is today,” said Pat Wilkins, president of SAFEchild’s board of directors. “SAFEchild has grown from a one-person agency to a regional and national model for other child abuse prevention agencies, and countless families have been helped because of Marjorie’s commitment to working collaboratively with our community to end child abuse.”

Cristin DeRonja has been named SAFEchild’s new executive director. DeRonja has worked in a variety of roles at SAFEchild for the past 11 years. She is a passionate advocate for children in Wake County, and has most recently served as the director of the SAFEchild Advocacy Center.