RAINN Campaign Edges Closer to $500,000

November 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm 3 comments

Like everything else in the past two weeks, things at Proud to be a Penn Stater have been moving at warp speed.

Since its launch on Nov. 10, the grassroots group founded by a handful of Penn Staters has raised more than $463,000 for RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network—and earned plenty of media coverage in the process.

Co-founder Larena Lettow ’98 appeared on CNN’s American Morning last Thursday, and MSNBC, Huffington Post, Time, and a handful of blogs (including ours) have covered the group’s fundraising efforts. Proud to be a Penn Stater has a goal of raising $500,000 for RAINN by Thanksgiving.

There are some new ways to help: T-shirts with the phrase “[Still] Proud to be a Penn Stater” are available for $18, with proceeds going directly to RAINN, and cell phone users can text PSU4RAINN to 20222 to make an automatic $10 donation.

Funds raised will support RAINN’s Online Hotline, which provides free support for victims of sexual abuse. The hotline has seen a 54 percent increase in calls since news of the Sandusky scandal broke two weeks ago.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jaime  |  November 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you for writing this article. We have seen tremendous support from PSU students, alumni, fans and others. We are very close to meeting our initial goal of $500,000 but the work will continue. We need to continue to capitalize on the momentum we’ve gained to seek changes in state laws, provide more support for victims of sexual abuse and raise awareness of sexual abuse and how to report around our country.

    Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

  • 2. A New Way to Support RAINN « The Penn Stater Magazine  |  December 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    [...] less than $5,000 to go before the RAINN campaign hits $500,000, there’s a new opportunity to support the cause—and get a little something in [...]

  • [...] abuse by raising $500,000 for RAINN, the Rape Abuse Incest National Network. This morning, the campaign hit $500K. The current total: [...]

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