Fundraiser Planned Oct. 22 to Benefit Children of Late Classmate
“It’s very personal,” that’s what Brian Lawrence, a senior at Penn State York, has to say about the fundraising events he and fellow students in development and administration of human services programs (HD FS 455) class have planned. The class has designed a roller skating event Thursday, Oct. 22 to benefit the three children of their late classmate Michelle Plaza. The event from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Roll’R’Way Family Center is just the first of several fundraisers to benefit The Plaza Children’s Fund.
Plaza was shot in July, allegedly by her husband Franics T. Plaza, and left behind children ages 18, 13, and 7. Plaza graduated with an associate degree in human development and family studies in May 2009 and had planned to return to campus this fall to continue her studies toward a baccalaureate degree.
Each semester, under the guidance of Jeanmarie St. Clair-Christman, assistant professor of human development and family studies, students in the HD FS 455 class plan fundraising events and learn firsthand what it is like to do them. The projects provide real-world experiences for students.
“There was no question about the project we would do as part of the class,” said Lawrence. “We voted and it was unanimous to plan events to benefit The Plaza Children’s Fund. Everyone had a connection to Michelle and she was one of our classmates. She was amazing,” he said. Classmate Michelle Winemiller, also a senior, agreed and noted that Plaza was someone students saw everyday and even those who did not know her wanted to do the events to benefit the fund.
The $5 admission charge to the skating rink will go The Plaza Children’s Fund. Skate rental is extra and isn’t included in the fundraiser. In addition to the roller skating event, collection jars have been placed in the community and throughout the campus to gather funds. A basket bingo is being planned. More information on the basket bingo will be available at a later date.
Roll’R’Way Family Skating Center is located at 940 Vander Ave., in York.