ESPN Anchor Helps To Raise Over $95,000 to Support NJ Child Abuse Prevention Programs

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NEW BRUNSWICK– ESPN anchor Jeremy Schaap volunteered his time to host the Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey Annual Charity Gala at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on May 9. Over$95,000 was raised to support the organization’s evidence-based prevention programs across New Jersey.

Schaap is a New York Times best-selling author (“Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History”) and a contributor to “ABC World News Tonight” and “Nightline” Dr. Elizabeth Hodgson of Saint Barnabas Medical Center spoke of the importance of PCA-NJ’s newest initiative, The Period of PURPLE, which works to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome. The auction to benefit PURPLE, raised $14,000. Live music was provided by a jazz band comprised of students from the Newark Arts High School.

WithumSmith+Brown and PNC Wealth Management were honored for their unwavering commitment to healthy child development and support to PCA-NJ. The auditors at WithumSmith+Brown have served PCA-NJ for many years and have been highly professional, knowledgeable, respectful and meticulous in their work. PNC Wealth Management has supported PCANJ programming statewide, which has helped to make our work ensuring happy, healthy, and safe childhoods for New Jersey’s children possible.

Corporate sponsors for the event included Prudential, Sudler Foundation, PNC Wealth Management, Wolff & Samson PC, The Bernknopf Group, WithumSmith+Brown PC, PSE&G, NJ Natural Gas, Toys “R” Us, and Gibbons PC.

For more information on how you can become involved to prevent child abuse and neglect, visit or call 1-800-CHILDREN.

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