Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. Raises $17,000 with a Night of Hope

The new CEO of the Crime Victims' Center of Chester County, Inc., Christine Zaccarelli, is flanked by Christina VandePol, left, and Marisol Tackett.

Celebrating the myriad of services it has provided for almost a half-century, the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. – a private, community-based nonprofit – hosted its Annual Night of Hope Gala at the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester on Friday, Nov. 3.

More than 180 people were in attendance, as the event raised in excess of $17,000 through a combination of ticket sales, silent and live auction items, and general donations. This year’s gala had twice the number of guests, and brought in more than triple the amount of funding than the organization’s 2016 event.

Since its founding in 1973, the CVC has helped thousands of victims and their families in Chester County with immediate and continued help. The CVC provides free, immediate, and confidential crisis response and compassionate support to children and adults impacted by crime and violence. The organization provides this support through counseling, advocacy, 24/7 hotlines, education and prevention, and fosters community awareness and understanding through its comprehensive outreach and prevention programs.

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Christine Zaccarelli, Esq., was introduced at the gala as the new CEO, having started just three days earlier. She thanked Ken Hutton, the previous Interim Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and CVC’s incredible, dedicated staff.

“This event was amazing. The food, venue, and overall atmosphere was like no other charitable event I have ever attended,” said Zaccarelli. “We are so fortunate at CVC to have such strong support from the community, and we can’t wait to do it again next year!”

Carrie and Kevin Mengel were the evening’s keynote speakers and shared their own personal story of how the CVC helped them in 2010 after a family tragedy.

The CVC’s ability to provide services relies entirely upon government agencies, foundations, and local groups, as well as the generosity of volunteers, individuals, businesses, and organizational partners within the community.

The CVC has recently launched its first-ever “Help Give Victims Hope” giving campaign, in which all of the donated funds will be directed to the supportive services that CVC provides to victims of crime and violence in Chester County. Click here to donate to this campaign.

Also, the CVC will host a Holiday Open House at 135 West Market Street in West Chester on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 4:30-8:30 PM.

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