At the first Blue Out Event, taking place in November 2011, an impressive $47,000 was raised. Last year? An astonishing $79,000. In a recent Press Release, PCAR CEO Delilah Rumburg asserted that “Penn State’s student-body and fans have shown tremendous support for prevention efforts as well as sexual assault survivors during the last two years.” One can only imagine what can be accomplished with your support this year!
So, how can you get involved? One easy way is to purchase the official 2013 Blue Out t-shirt. Contributions also can be made at www.visionofhopefund.org.
Keep an eye out for “canners” in Beaver Stadium on the 21st as voluntary donations will be collected upon entrance to the stadium. If you would like to join the Beaver Stadium “canning” effort prior to the game, please sign up through this form.
Of course, no numeric value can be placed on your spirited presence in the stands. Whether you’re in the student section or general seating area, One Heart (Penn State Students Against the Sexual Abuse of Children) and the Blue Out executive board, thanks you for your support. Raising awareness of child sexual abuse through the Blue Out football game is a great way to show that we, as a Penn State community, care. We care about our school. We care about our reputation. And most importantly, we care about the victims. The actions and decisions of a few individuals do not reflect the values, beliefs, and accomplishments of an entire university.
The impact we are making extends beyond State College. As Blue Out Director Tori Smith asserts, “The Blue Out is not just a way to reach our local community, but a national audience, as child sexual abuse is pervasive throughout our country." So pull out your blue shirt and get ready to show your support! #BlueOutPSU