Gonzaga Athletes Donate To Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery
Dec. 16, 2003
Gonzaga University athletics has always been a part of the local Spokane community but now the student-athletes are giving back to a local charity as the Gonzaga Student Athlete Advisory Committee recently presented a check in the amount of $406 to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. The funds were donated by each student-athlete without any fundraising from outside sources. This serves as the Christmas fund raiser for the SAAC and benefits a local charity that has been tied to Gonzaga athletics for the past several years. Gonzaga student-athletes have always played a part in local charities from visiting children at the Shriner's Hospital to hosting free sports clinics, but this marks the first time that student-athletes have given away their own funds for a charity event.
The check was presented to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery Development Director Mary Savage by four Gonzaga athletes (Kristi Aamodt, Christina Davis, Larisa Manuel and Katie Sanders). The SAAC consists of representatives from each of Gonzaga's 14 intercollegiate sports and serves as a communication body for student-athletes to discuss issues and ideas with the Gonzaga athletic department. The SAAC routinely sets up functions for the Gonzaga student-athletes to come out and support other student-athletes at Bulldog sporting events.
Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery Mission
While Vanessa was not the first victim of abuse, nor regrettably the last, her story impacted the Spokane community in an unforgettable way. Many who read about the tragedy of her life in the local newspaper wondered what could be done to prevent other children from suffering as Vanessa did. A handful of local volunteers took action, dedicating themselves to establishing a crisis nursery - a place where children would be safe from abuse and neglect - in Vanessa's memory.
The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery opened its doors in 1987. Since then, more than 30,000 children have found love and protection here. We continue to exist today because of an outpouring of support from the Spokane community. We receive no government funding, and we are not a United Way member agency. Donations from individuals and organizations allow us to keep our doors open to children in need.
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