For Immediate Release Contact: Bana Q. Yahnke, CAE, CMP
(Date) (703) 470-3304 (C)
(660) 676-0719 (C)
FCCLA DONATES NEARLY A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS TO CHILDREN’S
Announce Plans to Continue Partnership for Upcoming Academic Year
Chicago, IL. – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members engaged their
communities and raised over $241,590 for Children’s Miracle Network. Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) is
FCCLA’s 2009-2011 National Outreach project, and youth from across the country planned activities within
their communities to raise funds.
Dan Pontius, Senior Director of Sponsor Relations for CMN, explains the impact of FCCLA’s donation.
―Children’s Miracle Network is extremely pleased to have FCCLA support our 170 children’s hospitals. The
200,000 members of FCCLA make those miracles happen.‖
Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children’s
hospitals nationwide. FCCLA is included among the many generous individuals and organizations that partner
with CMN. Money raised by FCCLA members will be used to help support sick and injured children in local
hospitals. Besides raising money, local FCCLA chapters can engage in a multitude of activities to impact
hospitalized children such as volunteering time in the hospital playrooms.
For Jessica Hagood, FCCLA National Vice President of Community Service, reaching out to others
holds many benefits. ―It’s important for FCCLA members to participate in the National Outreach Project
because chapters can feel a sense of pride knowing how much money they raised for an organization. Also, it
brings all of the members together nationally for one cause.‖
FCCLA also announced plans to continue partnering with Children’s Miracle Network for another year.
In the past, the FCCLA National Outreach Project has raised funds for causes and organizations such as Feed
the Children, the American Cancer Society, the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital, the Make-A-Wish
Foundation, Phone Cards for Military Personnel, BUILD—Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership
Development, and Tsunami Relief. Hagood explains that through the act of serving, FCCLA members not only
impact others, but they gain extreme amounts of self-fulfillment and positive reward.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national
student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family,
work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has over 200,000
members and over 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The
organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its
programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization
with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members
become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.