In the bag: SCAN luncheon raises $30K

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The number three is a common ingredient in SCAN’s recipe for successful fundraising.  For 30 years the charity’s annual brown bag luncheon has raised money to support programs that assist abused and neglected children.  SCAN stands for Stop Child Abuse and Neglect.

This year’s event sold 3,003 lunches. “Casa (restaurants) donates all the food. They are so generous,” said Britny Berndt, grants and communications manager of SCAN. “They make some amazing salads and delicious pasta and meatballs for our brown bag lunches.”

For the third year, in a row the meals sold out and the charity’s goal – to raise $30,000.  “Because of all the community’s support, we are less than $1,000 away and we’re confident with tips for drives and additional donations we will meet or exceed (it),” Berndt said.

More than 150 volunteers pre-sold and delivered the lunches all around Fort Wayne. Some, like John Gildea, have been helping for 15 years or more.  “SCAN helps with the parents’ issues. There’s never enough outreach to these kids who’ve been abused,” Gildea said.  “SCAN gets involved and does a wonderful job, but they could always do more. To do more we need more volunteers and more money.”

SCAN will use event proceeds to help families in 19 Northeast Indiana counties. Who knew eating a little lunch could do so much good?

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