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Warren County girl, 8, raises money for survivors of domestic and sexual violence

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – In just two days, Mackenize Mravlag, 8, of Phillipsburg raised almost $1,000 for the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County (DASACC).

With the help of her older brother, Tyler, younger sister, Bianca, parents, and friends, Mackenzie set up a lemonade stand outside her home this past weekend. The children sold a variety of treats including lemonade, iced tea, and snacks, and donated all proceeds to DASACC.

“Mackenzie came up with an idea to host a lemonade stand to donate to a shelter,” shared Mackenzie’s mother, Jessica Mravlag. “After research, and past personal experiences, my husband and I chose DASACC to donate to.”

This isn’t the first time that the Mravlag children set out to raise money for a good cause. In January of 2019,
Mackenzie started a hot chocolate and cookie stand to help pay the bills from her dad’s emergency surgery
after he suffered from a ruptured brain aneurysm. Later that summer, the kids were back at it again, running a
lemonade and popcorn stand, and donating all proceeds to The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

“We are so very grateful for the efforts and commitment of Mackenzie and all those that donated because there are so many families in Warren County struggling through this pandemic and the impact of interpersonal violence. These dollars are so important to the families because it provides food, clothing, and other essential day-to-day needs,” said DASACC Executive Director, Jill Zinckgraf.

The mission of DASACC is to help, serve, and advocate for those impacted by interpersonal violence, to be proactive regarding its prevention, and to create positive change. DASACC provides free and confidential services to all who identify themselves as victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. In 2020, over 1,000 women, men, and children received services at DASACC.

If you or someone you know is being hurt, DASACC can help. Call their 24/7 hotline at 908-453- 4181.

For more information about DASACC, please visit www.dasacc.org

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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