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October 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Presented by: Western PA CARES for Kids & Jefferson County District Attorney, Jeff Burkett

Guest Speakers: Trooper Whyel from the State Police, District Attorney, Jeff Burkett, and Western PA CARES Staff

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Date: October 7

Time:6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Event Category: Awareness


Western PA CARES for Kids




Punxsutawney Community Center

220 N Jefferson St
Punxsutawney, PA 15767


Brookville, PA 1-21-2020

The Rite Aid Foundation has selected Western PA CARES for Kids to participate in its 2020 KidCents program, which annually supports a select group of nonprofit, kid-focused organizations committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid serves.

Western PA CARES for Kids is working to reduce the trauma and enhance the physical, emotional and psychological safety and well-being of children and their families.

In addition to being selected as a KidCents charity, Western PA CARES for Kids will receive a $5,000 grant, which will be used to update medical equipment used in the head to toe medical evaluation of the children seen here.

This is our first year as being a KidCents program charity. We are grateful for RiteAids KidCents charity and for the support of our community members.

The Rite Aid Foundation welcomed a total of 481 nonprofits to its 2020 KidCents class – its largest class ever.

The number of KidCents charities has more than doubled since the program’s inception in 2014, when 204 nonprofits comprised the inaugural class. Over seven years, The Rite Aid Foundation has contributed a total of more than $34 million to KidCents charities across the country, thanks to members of Rite Aid’s loyalty program, wellness+ rewards, rounding up their in-store or online purchases to donate to KidCents.

“More than 3 million Rite Aid customers actively choose to make meaningful contributions to help children in their communities through KidCents. The program’s growth is a testament to their generosity and commitment to building safer, stronger and more supportive communities for youth across the country,” said Jessica Kazmaier, president of The Rite Aid Foundation and Rite Aid chief human resources officer. “The 2020 KidCents class has the opportunity to prove that change adds up exponentially, and we look forward to helping them achieve their goal of giving kids better lives and brighter futures.”

For a full list of KidCents charities and to learn more about how Rite Aid’s wellness+ rewards members can support charities in their own communities, please visit

About Western PA CARES for Kids
We are a 501 c3 nonprofit organization that provides children who have experienced abuse or witnessed violent crime with a child friendly environment where they come and receive free services. The services provided are a onetime forensic interview by a specially trained interviewer regarding their abuse experience, a head to toe non-invasive medical evaluation by a specially trained nurse examiner, and our family advocate provides support through education and information and also provides referral services for other possible needed services. Please visit our website at to learn more.

About The Rite Aid Foundation
Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $68 million to nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $92 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

About the KidCents Program
Through the KidCents program, which is The Rite Aid Foundation’s charitable giving program dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid services, members of Rite Aid’s loyalty program, wellness+ rewards, can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and donate their change to KidCents. Members can also choose to direct their change to a specific KidCents charity by visiting For more information, visit

About Rite Aid Corporation
Rite Aid Corporation is on the front lines of delivering health care services and retail products to over 1.6 million Americans daily. Our pharmacists are uniquely positioned to engage with customers and improve their health outcomes. We provide an array of whole being health products and services for the entire family through over 2,400 retail pharmacy locations across 18 states. Through EnvisionRxOptions, we also deliver pharmacy benefit management to approximately 1,900 clients and 3.4 million members. For more information, visit

Announcing the 10th Annual Duathlon, 5K & Community Walk

To celebrate our 10-year anniversary, the first 50 people to register will be entered in a $100 gift card drawing!

Our annual race offers 2 different timed events, a community walk and fun for the whole family!

  • cash prizes for race winners
  • free picnic lunch for all racers and spectators
  • great raffles including gift cards and tickets to theme parks and sporting events
  • free face painting for the children

Our race, held in the beautiful Cook Forest State Park, will be held Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Shelter 2.

For registrations form and more information, visit 2018 Duathlon and 5k or the Brookville YMCA.

WTAJ Interview

Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids Joins the Combined Federal Campaign

Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids / CFC #47294

Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids
CFC #47294

Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids is proud to announce that we have been selected to be a part of the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The U.S. government-sponsored CFC is the world’s largest and most prestigious workplace fundraising drive. The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy by providing federal employees with an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

Each fall, Federal employees are invited to support eligible national and local charities. Employees choose the groups they wish to support from a list of approved charities that have met the U.S. federal government’s high standards of program impact and financial accountability. The 2012 CFC official campaign season runs from October 1st through December 1st.

Through the CFC, federal employees have raised over $7 billion since 1961 to help sustain community, state, national and international health, educational, environmental and human services.
Many of you ask how you can help support Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids’ mission, and this is an easy way to make a big difference! If you are employed by the Federal government, please consider giving to Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids through the CFC.

If you have friends or relatives who are Federal civilian, military or postal employees, please encourage them to choose Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids. It’s simple; just select Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids / CFC #47294 for the CFC contribution.

Thank you!

PA State Employees Can Donate to CARES Through the 2012 PA SECA Campaign

Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids

We are now listed under Independent Charities of America’s umbrella and listed as Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids. Our number is 8000-0231.

The State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) is the commonwealth’s annual combined charitable giving campaign for employees.

During the months of September through November, employees may donate to any of hundreds of participating non-profit charities.

Find out more about the SECA campaign.

2012 Duathlon, 5K and Community Walk

The weather had been extremely hot before race day but we were pleasantly surprised with an overcast day and a good day for racing. There were 119 pre-registered participants and approximately 40 more registered on the day of race. Participants ranged in ages from 3 years old to 60 years old. Yes I said 3 years old. It was his first event. His mom ran the first 3.1 miles, his dad biked the 12 miles and then mom ran beside him as he ran the 2 miles of the last leg of the duathlon. The duathlon began at 9:00 and the 5K at 10:00. An awards ceremony followed the competition with plaques and prizes for top winners. All children 15 years old and under received ribbons and medals for their participation in the day’s events.

Participants who brought donations to help Western PA CARES for Kids Child Advocacy Center, a nonprofit agency working to stop child abuse one child at a time, were eligible for prizes provided by our generous corporate and gold sponsors. Those who brought $75.00 or more were eligible for grand prizes and those with less than $75.00 were eligible for door prizes. Many participants worked hard to bring in large donations. Our top donation was $2,855.00 brought in by Julie Wolfe and the next largest amount was $960.00 brought in by Jill Stephens. We are extremely grateful to all of our participants, volunteers, gold sponsors and corporate sponsors for a very successful event. Finish times are available at

Thank you all for making our event a tremendous success. Over $20,000.00 was raised to help us continue to lessen the trauma children who are abused experience through a coordinated child friendly approach.

Mark your calendars for next year. Our race event is the third Saturday in July at station 2 at Cook Forest State Park.

Hope to see you all next year!

Pat Berger
Executive Director/Forensic Interviewer


Race photos and order form.


5k Results
Duathlon Individual Results
Duathlon Team Results

2012 Super Special Sponsors

Brownlee Lumber
First Baptist Church DuBois
Forsyth Drilling Inc.
Jeffrey D. Burkett
John Prushnok
Kelly Chrysler Jeep Dodge
Macbeth’s Cabins
Sarvey Insurance
Shiloh Resort
William & Debbie Bailey

2012 Corporate Sponsors

ABC Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, Inc.
Attorney Bob Hanak
Bernard Snyder Funeral Home
Brenda Schumaker Funeral Home
Campbell & Burns
C.E. Nelson Building & Remodeling
Center Hill Community Church
Craig & Stasia Coon
Doug & Missi Hess
Dr. Rice & Dr. Hewit
Ed Nelson Realty
Ferraro, Kruk & Ferraro
Finders Keepers
First Commonwealth Bank
G&C Coal Analysis Laboratory Inc.
Handyside Solar
Jarco Distributing Inc.
Kiwanis Club of Brookville
Marion Center Bank Punxsutawney
Matson Insurance Company
Primary Care Associates
Ron Berger
Rosebud Mining
S&T Bank Brookville
Seneca Resources
Store All
The Forest Nook
The Taylor Law Firm
Tuning Accounting
Whiteman Transportation
William & Carol Hawthorne
Williams Sanitation
Zion Baptist Church
Hammer Nutrition
Road ID

2012 “Care”ing Sponsors

Antiques at Fern Hollow
The Altoona Curve
Brookville Sheetz
Casey Bowers
Christian Book & Gift Store
Cook Forest Fun Park
CNB Bank
C.S.A. & Company
Culligan Water
Defelice Lumber
DelGrosso’s Amusement Park
Eric Shuey
Farmers Inn
Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 4454
Holmes Safety Association
Marienville State Police
Marion Center Bank
Marti’s Hair Fashions
Mike’s Super Market
Paul Beatty Jewelers
Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Steelers
Plylers Restaurant
Punxsutawney React
Punxsutawney Wal-Mart
Rich Martin
Rick and Cheryl Rowles
Roseville Independent Chapel
Sue Gomola
The Fraternal Order of Eagle #983 Auxiliary
The Pale Whale
United Electric
Wampum Hardware Co.

CARES receives Leadership Conference Scholarship

Western PA CARES for Kids Child Advocacy Center was one of two Child Advocacy Centers in Pennsylvania to receive a $1,000.00 scholarship from the National Childrens’ Alliance to attend the 2012 Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.  There are 750 child advocacy centers across the nation and we were honored to receive this scholarship and training opportunity.

2011 Brookville Y & CARES for Kids Duathlon and 5K and Community Walk

It was a terrific day! The weather was fantastic and the competitors began arriving about 8:30. One hundred and eight people participated in our annual 5k, Duathlon, and Community Walk. Seventy nine people choose to pre-register for our event through the Brookville YMCA and using our registration form and waiver provided on this website. The duathlon began at 10:00 and the 5k and community walk began at 11:00. An awards ceremony followed the competition with plaques and prizes such as Red Lobster gift certificates, Road Id certificates and Forest Nook Pizza coupons going to first – third places in the Duathlon and 5k for female, male and teams. All children ages 15 and under received a medal for their efforts in the day’s events. Children who participated in the community walk received participation ribbons and certificates for ice cream cones.

Many of our Corporate Sponsors donated funds or prizes used for Grand prize and door prize drawings. In order to be eligible for one of these drawings, participants brought donations to the race. Those who brought donations of more than $50.00 were eligible for the grant prize drawings. We had two individuals that went over and above in collecting donations. Our top donation was $1,000.00 collected by Carol Ponce a criminal investigator for the PA State Police. The next largest donation came from Jill Stephens with a donation of $500.00. We are very grateful for the support of all of our participants, volunteers and sponsors. Photos of the participants are available at Finish times are available at

Everyone also enjoyed the free lunch that followed the day’s event. We look forward to next year’s event. It will be held the third Saturday in July and will be the same course, meeting at shelter 2 Cook Forest State Park.

Thank you all for making our event a tremendous success. Nearly, $11,000.00 was raised to help us continue to lessen the trauma children who are abused experience through a child friendly approach.

Hope to see you next year!

Pat Berger

Executive Director/Forensic Interviewer

2011 Corporate Sponsors

Bernard P Snyder Funeral Home
Brenda Shumaker Funeral Home
Brownlee Lumber
Center Hill Community Church
Cornerstone Physical Therapy
Fraternal Order of Eagles 983 – Brookville
Gateway Lodge
Grace Lutheran Church
Handyside Solar
Italian Oven
Jarco Distributing, Inc.
Jeffrey Burkett, Jefferson Co. District Attorney
Jefferson Wholesale Grocery
Kiwanis Club of Brookville
MacBeth’s Cabins Inc.
Mama Doe’s /Shiloh Resort
Plylers At Your Service
Primary Care Associates of Western PA
Rosebud Mining Co.
Ron Berger
Sarvey Notary Services
S&T Bank
Store All
The Forest Nook
Tuning Accounting
Williams Sanitation
Zion of Jefferson County
Hammer Nutrition
Road ID

2011 Sponsors

Antiques at Fern Hollow
The Altoona Curve
Brookville Sheetz
Christian Book & Gift Store
CNB Bank
Charles & Germaine McGranor
Cook Forest Fun Park
Cook Riverside Cabins
Cooksburg Café
Defelice Lumber
DelGrosso’s Amusement Park
Dr. Chapa
Double Diamond Deer Ranch
Farmer’s Bank of Brookville
Farmers Inn
H. Truman’s Store
Idlewild and SoakZone
Laurel Eye Clinic