BRING­ING CHANGE

Funds raised will help the Crime Vic­tims’ Cen­ter ser­vices

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Gin­ger Rae Dunbar gdun­bar@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @GingerDun­bar on Twit­ter

UWCHLAN >> Part­ner­ing to sup­port var­i­ous causes, sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions worked to­gether to “bring change.”

TD Bank re­cently hosted a com­mu­nity event sup­port­ing The Crime Vic­tims’ Cen­ter of Ch­ester County (CVC), an or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vid­ing free and con­fi­den­tial ser­vices to lo­cal crime vic­tims and their fam­i­lies. TD Bank branches asked the com­mu­nity and cus­tomers for help rais­ing funds in an ef­fort to “Bring Change.” The $2,500 funds raised go di­rectly to help­ing CVC con­tinue their ef­forts to as­sist the com­mu­nity.

“We en­joy giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity for a good cause,” TD Bank Lionville Store Man­ager Rainna Ba­jorek said.

The event also sup­ported ef­forts by AVOID (Ad­vo­cates for Vic­tims of Im­paired Driv­ing).

Mag­gie Han­na­gan asked TD Bank em­ploy­ees if they could as­sist with a fundrais­ing event to raise aware­ness of the im­pacts of drink­ing and driv­ing im­paired. Mag­gie and her hus­band Paul sup­port AVOID.

Paul and Mag­gie Han­na­gan trav­eled to their Uwchlan home on Feb. 14, 2015 with their two chil­dren and two rel­a­tives when they were hit by a 25-year-old man of Delaware County, who has since been con­victed as a drunken driver. Char­lotte, 16, and Miles, 19, died in­stantly in the crash.

A photo of the Han­na­gan sib­lings was dis­played at the bank event.

Mag­gie Han­na­gan thanked

“We were able to share sur­pris­ing facts re­lated to DUI in Penn­syl­va­nia and our cus­tomers were in­ter­ested in the CVC cause.” — TD Bank Lionville Store Man­ager Rainna Ba­jorek

the rep­re­sen­ta­tives from each or­ga­ni­za­tion for their time, ef­forts and gen­eros­ity to work to­ward the causes. She also thanked the TD Bank cus­tomers who do­nated money to­ward their causes.

Ba­jorek said the main goal of TD Bank’s “Bring Change” mis­sion is to raise money to spread aware­ness of DUI pre­ven­tion.

“We were able to share sur­pris­ing facts re­lated to

DUI in Penn­syl­va­nia and our cus­tomers were in­ter­ested in the CVC cause,” Ba­jorek said.

Peggy Gusz, CVC ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said it was a nice event with the op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate the pub­lic. She said there were dis­plays at the bank with shoes that in­di­cated how many peo­ple were killed by drunken driv­ers in var­i­ous ar­eas. The CVC hosts DUI vic­tim im­pact speeches to DUI of­fend­ers, a time where the fam­ily de­scribes their loss in an ef­fort to pre­vent the of­fend­ers from be­com­ing re­peat of­fend­ers.

Katie Holton works with the CVC and AVOID. She said CVC part­ners with AVOID in a few ca­pac­i­ties by help­ing to raise aware­ness through the lo­cal vic­tim per­spec­tive.

“We as­sist with pre­sent­ing the Im­paired Driv­ing Cur­ricu­lum to high school stu­dents along with lo­cal law en­force­ment,” Holton said.

They as­sist with co­or­di­nat­ing the Pos­i­tive Prom Mes­sage which is writ­ten by stu­dents, host aware­ness pre­ven­tion cam­paigns such as the Shoe Drive, the West Ch­ester Hal­loween pa­rade

and win­dow dis­plays in com­mu­nity sites.

“The CVC fo­cus is to bring aware­ness to the im­pact that im­paired driv­ing has on vic­tims, their fam­i­lies and the com­mu­ni­ties that we serve in Ch­ester County,” Holton said.

She noted that AVOID re­cently placed a din­ner scene dis­play ad­dress­ing the con­se­quences of im­paired driv­ing dur­ing the hol­i­days. The win­dow dis­play is in the of­fice of state Sen. An­drew Din­ni­man, D-19, of West White­land, at 1 N. Church St. in West Ch­ester.

2016 STEM Academy grad­u­ate Fan­ta­sia Wha­ley cre­ated the slo­gan, “There won’t be a su­per­hero to save you from a crash.” She was among the three Down­ing­town Area School District stu­dents who won the pos­i­tive prom mes­sage con­test. Her slo­gan was dis­played at Din­ni­man’s of­fice and on posters at the Hal­loween pa­rade with signs that state “be your own hero.” Wha­ley was friends with Char­lotte Han­na­gan.

Mag­gie and Paul Han­na­gan also work with PA Par­ents Against Im­paired Driv­ers (PA PAID). The group sup­ported Se­nate Bill 290, which was passed into law in May, re­quires ig­ni­tion in­ter­locks for at least a year for first-time of­fend­ers con­victed of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence with a blood-al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion of 0.10 per­cent or greater. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill into law around the time that Miles would have turned 21.

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TD Bank re­cently hosted a com­mu­nity event sup­port­ing The Crime Vic­tims’ Cen­ter of Ch­ester County (CVC) and AVOID (Ad­vo­cates for Vic­tims of Im­paired Driv­ing). Sev­eral cus­tomers do­nated to­ward the causes. Cus­tomers and event or­ga­niz­ers had the op­por­tu­nity to wear im­paired gog­gles that sim­u­late the ef­fects of al­co­hol im­pair­ment. The gog­gles were pro­vided by the Coatesville Po­lice De­part­ment.

TD Bank re­cently hosted a com­mu­nity event sup­port­ing The Crime Vic­tims’ Cen­ter of Ch­ester County (CVC) and AVOID (Ad­vo­cates for Vic­tims of Im­paired Driv­ing).

TD Bank re­cently hosted a com­mu­nity event sup­port­ing The Crime Vic­tims’ Cen­ter of Ch­ester County (CVC) and AVOID (Ad­vo­cates for Vic­tims of Im­paired Driv­ing). Sev­eral cus­tomers do­nated to­ward the causes.

Sev­eral peo­ple at the West Ch­ester Hal­loween pa­rade hold ban­ners en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to “be your own hero” and “Don’t Drink and Drive.” AVOID (Ad­vo­cates for Vic­tims of Im­paired Driv­ing) mem­bers, in­clud­ing Mag­gie Han­na­gan, were present.

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